Breastfeeding May Be Easier Under New Health Reform

The provision of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 will now make it more possible and easier for women who choose to breast feed their babies. The act mandates certain breaks and facilities to be provided by employers to their female employees.

breastfeedingSo it has been seen that there is an unfair amount of benefit of breastfeeding available to women and children of higher socioeconomic status and the provisions of this act seek to redress this imbalance since it seeks to benefit those women who would find it most difficult to breast feed after returning to work.

It seeks to benefit the lower income, less educated women; and hopes to give benefit to three fifths of working women who are part of families with incomes less than $50,000 a year.

Employers will be required to provide nursing breaks to their female employees under the act.

Also they will be required to provide a sanitary and sufficiently private place for moms whose children are less than one year of age who are non exempt employees so they can express breast milk.

The idea is to be able to make breastfeeding less a matter of opportunity and privilege, and more a matter of unconstrained choice for new moms.


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