New moms who want to continue breastfeeding after they return to work have powerful supporters behind them—and a new law that says their employers have to give them time, privacy and space to pump.
The Affordable Care Act health care reform law includes a provision for businesses with 50 or more employees to offer “reasonable” unpaid break time and a private space—not in a bathroom—for a working mother to express breast milk for a year after her child’s birth.
First Lady Michelle Obama has extended her campaign against childhood obesity by calling on businesses to remove barriers to women who want to pump breast milk at work. Studies have proven that children who are breastfed are less likely to be overweight later in life.
Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin has issued a “call to action” that supports breastfeeding and encourages employers to accommodate lactating moms at work.
And the IRS has reclassified breast pumps as me...(register to read more)