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Support NY Mothers' Right to Breastfeed with Rep. Carolyn Maloney
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Support NY Mothers' Right to Breastfeed with Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Event on Friday, July 7, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT

Grace Harman, grace.harman@mail.house.gov, 212-860-0606

 

Rep. Maloney to Join with Advocates, Local Electeds to Support Mothers’ Rights to Breastfeed

Congresswoman to reintroduce her Supporting Working Moms Act

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) will gather this Friday, July 7 at 11am at the Steps of City Hall with NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council and OTHERS to raise awareness for mothers’ rights to breastfeed, especially in the workplace. Rep. Maloney will discuss her bill, the Supporting Working Moms Act, to be reintroduced next week, which will expand protections for break time and accommodations to pump breast milk to all working mothers.

WHO

·         Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, sponsor of the Supporting Working Moms Act

·         NYC Breastfeeding Leadership Council

·         OTHERS, YOU!

WHAT: Press event to discuss the importance of protecting mothers’ rights to breastfeed

WHERE: Steps of City Hall

WHEN: Friday, June 76 at 11am

To RSVP please contact Grace Harman at grace.harman@mail.house.gov.

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Maloney began working on this issue in 1997, and shortly thereafter, she introduced a comprehensive bill promoting breastfeeding and protecting women who choose to breastfeed. One of the provisions of that bill, which allowed states to spend more money on breastfeeding promotion and support through the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) nutrition program, became law in 1998. In 1999, her Right to Breastfeed on Federal Property Act was passed as part of the FY2000 appropriations measures, ensuring a woman's right to breastfeed her child on any portion of Federal property where the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be.

Working mothers’ opportunities to breastfeed were further expanded on March 23, 2010, when President Obama signed parts of Congresswoman Maloney’s Breastfeeding Promotion bill into law as part of the Affordable Care Act. These provisions ensure that employers provide nursing mothers in traditional hourly labor jobs with adequate space and time to pump breast milk during the workday.



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