Iowa currently has 2 laws on breastfeeding.
House File #2350 (1994) pertains to jury duty and excuses a breastfeeding mother from jury duty if she provides the daily care of her child.
Senate File #2302 (1999) Breastfeeding in Public Places covers a mother breastfeeding her own child in any public place that she is authorized to be.
All 50 states have laws pertaining to breastfeeding. A summary of the legislation by state can be found at http://www.llli.org/Law/LawBills.htm
Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA
Employers are required to provide “reasonable break time for an employee express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” Employers are required to provide a reasonable amount of break time to express milk as frequently as needed by the nursing mother. The frequency of breaks needed to express milk as well as the duration of each break will likely vary. Visit US Department of labor website for more information.
Legisbrief Report on Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding
As policymakers look for additional ways to reduce health costs, they may want to consider the economic benefits of breastfeeding. The U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Services estimates that at least $3.6 billion in medical expenses could be saved each year if the number of children breastfed for at least six months increased to 50 percent, as recommended by the U.S. surgeon general. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Among babies born in the United States in 2006, only about 43 percent still were breastfed by age six months.
Download full report here.
This is a letter sent to Iowa Delegation to encourage them to keep policies that protect and support breastfeeding families at the top of their "to do" list.