If Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) has her way, employers would have to comply with yet another federal employment entitlement: the right to breast-feed or express milk for infant feeding. Her bill would make it illegal to discriminate against breast-feeding moms and would give tax incentives for companies to establish sanitary places for employees to breast-feed.
Some states have already passed such laws. Mississippi recently passed one of the most extensive versions, requiring employers to allow mothers to nurse their infants or express milk during work breaks. California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Tennessee also require employers to allow milk expression during breaks.
Outlook: A federal law won't pass in the current Congress, but if Democrats take control in November, the odds increase greatly.