Working mothers have had to tailor their schedule to pump breast milk during the day. It is hard to find the time and more importantly, a place, for this while at work.
Life should get a little more comfortable for working, nursing mothers thanks to Obama's new healthcare plan. CNN reports page 1239 of the health care bill requires employers to provide "a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk."
Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the nonprofit research organization Families and Work Institute told CNN, "It reflects both a shifting attitude, a shifting reality, and also the impact of research that shows that it's healthier for the kids, and therefore good for the company, good for the family."
A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that breastfeeding newborns during their first six months could save almost 1,000 lives and billions of dollars annually.