Many women who initially choose to breastfeed their child do not continue to do so after six months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 70 percent of mothers start breastfeeding immediately after birth, but less than 20 percent of those mothers are breastfeeding exclusively six months later. This can be attributed in part to difficulties with breastfeeding in public due to the lack of private areas and disapproving looks and comments. Many women may also find it difficult to breastfeed after returning to work. Unfortunately, many nursing mothers do not have supportive employers.
Federal Legal Protections for Breastfeeding Mothers
Federal laws are in place to make it easier for many women who want to continue breastfeeding to take lactation breaks at work. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) contained an important provision for nursing mothers, which took effect when the ACA was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Section 4207 of the ACA, known as The Nursing Mother Amendment, amends Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require some employers to provide lactation breaks and facilities for employees who are breastfeeding. Continue Reading