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Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act

No matter what they're doing or where they are, breastfeeding mothers need to express milk every few hours. An airport is just one of many environments where women face challenges trying to find a clean, private space to nurse or pump. A recent study of 100 airports found that while 62% reported being "breastfeeding friendly," only 8% met the minimum requirements for a breastfeeding mother.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Stephen Knight (R-CA-25) have introduced the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act of 2017 to require all large and medium hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for mothers to express breast milk. The space must be accessible to persons with disabilities, available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, and include a place to sit, a table or other flat surface, and an electrical outlet. Airports would have two years to comply and would be able to use Airport Improvement Program funds for the purpose of complying with the new requirement. California and Illinois already have state legislation requiring large airports to provide a location for breastfeeding mothers to express breast milk in private. 

The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding; the Institute of Medicine report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention; and the National Prevention Strategy each call for breastfeeding-friendly environments. Yet in spite of this tremendous recognition—and laws in 49 states that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location—moms continue to face barriers, even harassment, when breastfeeding in public. And when away from their babies, airports are just one of many public places where moms face challenges finding a clean, private space to pump.

In April 2016, the 2015 version of the bill passed the Senate as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, which funds our nation's air transportation infrastructure. It then returned to the House for consideration as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act, however, this reauthorization was not ultimately passed before the end of the 114th Congressional session.

House Bill Number: H.R. 2375

Senate Bill Number: S. 1110

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  • Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act of 2015: House