Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

  • The availability of resources to help employers create a supportive workplace for nursing moms has recently changed.
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama on March 23 includes a new requirement for corporations with more than 50 employees to provide nursing mothers reasonable breaks and private, non-bathroom spaces so they may express breast milk.
  • I'm not thrilled that it extends the right for only up to 1 year (I pumped longer for my son's), and why only work places of 50 + workers? I am thrilled about the difference this would make for mothers in the many states, mine included, that do not extend this right under state law!
  • Medela has resources and services available to help employers understand the new requirements, create corporate lactation programs and support moms returning to work. Visit Medela to help your employer better understand what help they can be to you.

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