Tell Congress to Expand Working Moms’ Right to Breastfeed!
Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform), signed into law on March 23, 2010, requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom place for nursing mothers to express breast milk during the workday, for one year after the child’s birth. But this provision only applies to “nonexempt employees” (hourly workers that get overtime pay), and it does not protect lactating mothers from being fired or discriminated against in the workplace.
The Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011 includes two provisions that would protect and expand working moms' right to breastfeed by:
- amending civil rights law to protect breastfeeding mothers from being fired or discriminated against in the workplace; and
- extending the existing federal provision to ensure that an additional 13.5 million executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers, have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace.
Ask your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011! Use our sample letter below, or type your own into the box. The form will automatically send your e-mail message to your Representative and two Senators.