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Health-reform bill aims to benefit breastfeeding moms

The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog highlights this morning an interesting detail in the U.S. Senate's health-reform bill. The legislation contains a provision that would require employers with more than 50 workers to give breastfeeding moms “a reasonable break time” to express milk at work.

Employers would also have to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk,” the bill says.

Nursing mothers in just over half the states would benefit from the legislation, if passed. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only 24 states (including California) have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace.

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