June 11, 2009 - Issue: Vol. 155, No. 87 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 1st Session
INTRODUCTION OF THE BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 87
(Extensions of Remarks - June 11, 2009)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1377] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] INTRODUCTION OF THE BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION ACT ______ HON. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of new york in the house of representatives Thursday, June 11, 2009 Mrs. MALONEY. Madam Speaker, today I am reintroducing an important piece of legislation, the Breastfeeding Promotion Act with my colleagues Mrs. Capps, Mr. Olver, Mr. Frank, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Levin, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Snyder, Ms. Schwartz, and Mr. Moran. Statistical surveys of families show that over 50 percent of mothers with children less than one year of age are in the labor force. Whereas women with infants and toddlers are a rapidly growing segment of the labor force today, arrangements must be made to allow a mother's expressing of milk if mother and child must separate. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for six months but continuing for at least the first year of a child's life. Research studies show that children who are not breastfed have higher rates of mortality, meningitis, some types of cancers, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, bacterial and viral infections, diarrhoeal diseases, ear infections, allergies, and obesity. There have also been numerous benefits to mothers shown, including improved bone mineralization, an earlier return to pre- pregnancy weight, and decreased risk of certain cancers. Our bill will encourage and promote breastfeeding by removing common obstacles to breastfeeding and expressing milk in the workplace that many women face by: (1) amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding in the workplace, (2) providing tax incentives for businesses that establish private lactation areas in the workplace, (3) providing for a performance standard for breast pumps, (4) allowing breastfeeding equipment to be tax deductible for families, and (5) protecting the privacy of breastfeeding mothers. We urge all of our colleagues to support this important legislation. ____________________