breastfeeding

House Approves Protections for Breastfeeding Moms

Apr 24, 2015
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The Texas House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure that would require public employers to provide accommodations for mothers who need to pump breast milk while at work. 

House Bill 786, by state Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, easily passed on Thursday on a voice vote. The measure would require public employers — state agencies, local governments and public schools — to support the practice of expressing breast milk and make “reasonable accommodations” for female employees to do so. 

Such accommodations include sufficient break time and a private room, other than a bathroom, for a woman to pump breast milk. 

While federal law provides protections for hourly employees who need to express breast milk at work, it exempts salaried workers, including schoolteachers, Walle said.

Selling breast milk is big business.

Each year tens of thousands of women post ads on websites, offering their extra milk for $1 to $3 an ounce: "My rich milk makes giants!" promises one seller. "Organic and Gluten Free Breastmilk," claims another. Then there's this one: "470 oz. of breastmilk must go!!!"

But some women online aren't delivering what they're advertising.

Scientists at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, analyzed 102 samples ordered from popular websites and found about 10 percent of them were "topped off" with cow's milk.

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San Antonio Metropolitan Health is opening Baby Café to help new and expectant mothers with breastfeeding.

The goal of the new center is to increase breastfeeding rates in San Antonio. It looks more like a massage parlor than a doctor’s office and that’s the point.

“It’s a drop-in center that’s got couches and places for women to sit back and enjoy themselves and feel at ease," said Jennifer Herriot, the assistant director of community health at MetroHealth.

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