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Meeting nursing-mother obligations under N.Y. and federal laws

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In these trying economic times, new mothers seem to be returning to work sooner than ever. And many of those new moms want to heed pediatricians’ advice to breastfeed their babies.

That may mean employers have to make adjustments to accommodate the needs of a returning mother who is still breastfeeding her new baby.

Gone are the days when women had to hide in the restroom to express milk. Today, nursing mothers have options protected by both federal and state laws. New York is at the forefront of the movement to allow mothers to feed their children nothing but breast milk up to the recommended six months.

New York state law

Back in 2007, then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed a law requiring all employers to permit nursing mothers to express (or pump) breast milk in the workplace. New York joined 13 other states that have enacted similar laws (California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Orego...(register to read more)

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