Protecting Parents, Babies, Public Health, Employers, and the Economy: A Bipartisan Case for the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act
Time and time again the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee hears from families, providers, and researchers about the challenges workers face trying to secure the necessary time and space to pump breast milk during their workday. In the face of infectious disease, labor shortages, and economic disruption, our nation cannot afford to continue to force parents to make an impossible choice between breastfeeding – a critical public health intervention – and returning to work – a vital element of economic recovery.
Today, Congress has a chance to fix it by voting yes for the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act (H.R. 3110).
The Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, passed in 2010, provided critical protections to ensure that some employees would have reasonable break time and a private place to pump breast milk at work. Unfortunately, the law's placement within existing statute meant that nine million women — nearly one in four women of childbearing age in the United States — were excluded from coverage and have no clear right to break time and space to pump. Those left unprotected include teachers, software engineers, and many nurses, among other critical professions.
The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, House Bill 3110, this Friday, October 22!
The lead-up to the House vote this week is a critical time for the PUMP Act and we MUST raise our voices and make sure there is a strong, bipartisan vote in favor of passage.
We have updated the PUMP Act Partner Toolkit with the latest talking points, sample emails, social media messages, and unbranded graphics to make participation as simple as possible. We've also developed a PUMP Act Toolkit for Businesses, as input from employers is particularly valuable this week.
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