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New state law supports breastfeeding mothers

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Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a new bill protecting breastfeeding mothers at work.

The law, authored by state Sen. Vi Simpson, requires businesses with 25 or more employees to make a reasonable effort to provide a private place for mothers to express breast milk, as well as some kind of refrigeration in which to store it.

Simpson predicted the bill would benefit employers as well as working mothers. “Women with infants are the fastest-growing section of the labor force, and breastfeeding typically causes lower health care costs for the mother and child,” she said.

In Indiana, 63% of women begin breastfeeding right after giving birth. That rate drops to 30% after three months.

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