Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York has been a passionate advocate for children and families - and perhaps the fiercest advocate for breastfeeding moms. In 1999, Congress passed her Right To Breastfeed Act. This allowed new moms the right to breastfeed on federal property, which includes offices, monuments, and parks, without the worry of harassment.
Congresswoman Maloney wants to reintroduce the Breastfeeding Promotion Act – an act she feels will promote breastfeeding and thus the many health benefits to both mother and child.
This legislation covers four main purposes:
- To amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding by new mothers
- To provide tax incentives for businesses that establish private, lactation areas in the workplace
- To provide for a performance standard for breast pumps
- To allow breastfeeding equipment to be tax deductible for families
"The purposes of this act are to promote the health and well-being of infants whose mothers return to the workplace after childbirth, and to clarify that breastfeeding and expressing breast milk in the work place are protected conduct under the amendment made by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978."