Academy Urges White House to Sign Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 into Law

07/18/2019 - The bipartisan Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 (H.R.866), which passed by voice vote without amendment in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate would provide a lactation room in federal buildings that are open to the public, with exceptions where space constraints or costs are prohibitive.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sent a letter yesterday to the White House Administration to sign this act into law. Breastfeeding has positive, long-term impacts on the health of both children and mothers and is recommended as the exclusive source of nutrition for the first six months of life by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and all other major medical authorities.

All 50 states protect a mother's right to breastfeed in any place, public or private, if they are authorized to be there. However, many mothers face challenges trying to find a clean and private space to nurse or pump. This bill would help alleviate these issues.