NH Sen. Clark introduces breastfeeding reform bill

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CONCORD - State Senator 
Martha Fuller Clark has announced that her first legislative initiatives of the coming session is a bill that would require employees to provide  appropriate accommodations for nursing 
mothers while at work.  

"Given the known significant health benefits of breastfeeding and the widely varying situations in which mothers may need to nurse or express milk, clearly the time has come to guarantee a working mother's right to have a clean, private place for such activity," Senator Clark said. "This legislation offers employers reasonable latitude to provide such accommodations, dependent upon the specific nature of their business and its respective facilities
but makes clear that working mothers must have access to a clean, comfortable and appropriate space." 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding through the first 6 months of an infant's life and continued breastfeeding until the infant is at least 12 months old . The World Health Organization, the US Surgeon General's Office, and the American Academy of Family Physicians also recommend similar periods of active breastfeeding for mothers and their infants.

Clark's proposal closely follows both federal and state legislation from around the country. Over 25 states have already passed similar legislation allowing for greater workplace access for nursing mothers during this crucial first year. 
 The Affordable Care Act also requires employers to provide such accommodations and provides for legal recourse to working mothers if employers fail to do so. 
Clark added, "Encouraging and facilitating breastfeeding through the first year of an infant's life ensures better health outcomes for both children and mothers  - that is why this is good legislation that I hope will be supported by all members of the business community throughout the state".