Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act Signed Into Law

The bipartisan Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019 was signed into law last week by President Trump. The Academy sent a letter to the White House Administration earlier this month, urging for the passage of the bill. This legislation will require a lactation room to be provided in federal buildings that are open to the public, with exceptions where space constraints or costs are prohibitive. The bill was championed by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), who stated in a press release from her office. The benefits of breastfeeding are so well-documented that federal agencies' own literature has long encouraged breastfeeding, Norton said. "Millions of Americans visit federal sites across the country, not only here in the nation's capital, making it essential that Congress ensure nursing mothers have access to designated private, hygienic lactation spaces. I am grateful to my House and Senate colleagues for their strong support of my bill, especially Senator Tom Carper (Del.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who helped get this bill through the Senate.