Friday, June 19, 2009

Breastfeeding Promotion Act

Here are some resources to help support and protect the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 (HR2819 / S1244) introduced in Congress on June 11, 2009 by Representative Carolyn Maloney and Senator Jeff Merkley.

This bill will bring breastfeeding mothers under the protection of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, require employers with over 50 employees to provide a private space and unpaid time off during the workday for mothers to express milk, and set standards for breast pump manufacture. It also will provide for tax incentives for employers that establish private lactation areas in the workplace and tax credits for nursing mothers.

Rep. Maloney's press release is here.

Advocate ONLINE:

Easy email tool from the United States Breastfeeding Committee that in 60 seconds allows you to enter your name and address including zip code+4 and have the USBC send emails to the appropriate representatives and senators asking them to co-sponsor the bill.

Facebook group that can be joined by your members to support the bill and spread the word to their friends about the above email tool and letters.

Advocate BY MAIL:

Letter that can be mailed or faxed to ask your state representatives and senators to co-sponsor the bill. (If the link does not take you directly to the letter, go to the Facebook group above and you will find it there.)


Please forward this email to all supporters and related lists.

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