« Sad news for Capitol Hill... & a chance to show your support | DC BABY: Home | DC BABY: The Book | Weekend Watch: Flower Power at the Cathedral »

May 3, 2007

May 10 "Nurse-In" on Capitol Hill

Filed Under:

Heads up, nursing mamas and would-be policy advocates: It's an opportunity to make a stand.

Next Thursday, May 10, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) will host a "Nurse-In" on the Hill to re-introduce the Breastfeeding Promotion Act to Congress. All moms and babies/kids are welcome, and it's taking place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the Cannon Terrace, located at New Jersey and Independence Ave. SE. (Easily metro-accessible.)

The proposed legislation would protect the rights of nursing mothers who return to the workplace after having a baby, by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a new clause. The bill would also provide tax incentives for businesses that establish private lactation areas in the workplace, allows families to deduct all breastfeeding pumps and equipment from their taxes, and would provide a performance standard for breast pumps.

Rep. Maloney has long been an advocate for breastfeeding, child care access, and health issues directly affecting mothers, kids, and families. She keeps tirelessly championing this bill in the Congress, session after session - and maybe this year is the year it will pass? For more details on the "Nurse-In," contact her office at 202.225.7944.

Posted by Sarah at 9:39 AM.