Taking Action

I rarely post anything political on this blog, so when I do, you can be assured it’s something I believe is extremely important. Protecting the rights of breastfeeding mothers and their infants is that important.

On August 1, 2011, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011 in both houses of Congress.

The Act looks to broaden the protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 2010 that made great strides in protecting breastfeeding mothers across the nation. That act, however, only covers non-exempt employees. This means that teachers, nurses, and other corporate professionals are not covered because they cannot earn overtime pay when working more than 40 hours per week.

The Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011 (H.R. 2758, S. 1463) will cover the remaining portion of our working mothers. Please call your representative and show your support for these working mothers trying to give their babies human milk to support optimal growth and development.

This bill:

—Amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding women from being fired or discriminated against in the workplace.
—Protects executive, administrative, and professional employees in addition to non-exempt employees to have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace.

Please, click here to let your senator and representatives know your support for mothers and babies.


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