https://i1.wp.com/genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Lactation_Room_Department_of_Labor_2016.jpg?fit=1024%2C683 683 1024 Debra Fitzpatrick http://genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/gendereport.png Debra Fitzpatrick2017-06-13 17:08:242018-04-06 13:31:28Breastfeeding: How do state and federal laws protect employed mothers?
Prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare or ACA), in states without protections for nursing mothers, many women were forced to nurse or express breastmilk in bathroom stalls—if they were even given adequate break time. Women without break time and/or access to a private space often stopped breastfeeding upon return to work. Even with the ACA in place, some women lose their jobs for trying to work and pump (numerous stories demonstrate these and other challenges). Now, as Congress and the White House again debate healthcare, mothers working in the formal economy have reason to worry.