Saturday, April 12, 2008

Breastfeeding is Not a Crime

I received this forward from a friend and, since I agree with the message, I thought I would pass it on.

Dear Friend,

Just a couple of months ago, a mother was kicked out of a museum in New York for breastfeeding, a perfectly legal act in that state. Mothers continue to suffer discrimination and humiliation form breastfeeding, even though doctors recommend breastfeeding for all infants. Clearly we need Congress to pass the Breastfeeding Promotion Act now--before more mothers are stigmatized and humiliated for breastfeeding.

But this Act is currently stalled in Congress, and isn't going to move forward without increased citizen pressure. You can supply that pressure.

TO CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON NOW. And, if you support a woman's right to feed her baby in public, send this link to others who may want to take action to get the Breastfeeding Promotion Act moving forward.

MomsRising members have successfully raised awareness about the need to protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers in the past and can do it again. Last year, MomsRising members and other activists changed Delta Airlines corporate policies when a mother was kicked off a flight for breastfeeding.

Here's the lowdown on the Act before Congress: Sponsored by Representative Carolyn Maloney, the Breastfeeding Promotion Ac (H.R. 2236) would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect breastfeeding by new mothers by providing tax credits to employers who provide a place to breastfeed and/or provide breast pumps. This makes it a lot easier for women who want to give their babies breastmilk and keep their jobs. As you may know, 82% of American women become mothers by the time they are forty-four years old, so this issue
is critically important to a large portion of our nation.


  1. That is so unbelievable given what we know about the benefits of breastfeeding. Plus, we are constantly seeing boobs on parade from scantily clad young women and in all types of media. Why are functioning breasts so offensive?

  2. You said it, Anonymous! Hooters isn't a problem but a mother giving milk to her child is lude. WTF?!