THE LEGISLATURE HAS BEEN TIED UP WITH COVID ACTIONS THIS YEAR AND HAS NOT ADDRESSED ANY LEGISLATION RELATED TO BREASTFEEDING.
State licensure of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs):
Offers protection for the public and enables insurer credentialing so families have access to lactation services as recommended by the PA Joint State Government Commission and Pennsylvania Governor Wolf.
Fosters lifelong improvement in mother and infant health, increased infant intelligence, development, social
adjustment and emotional benefits.
Does not restrict practice of any other lactation supporters or providers.
SB 407 Lactation Consultant Licensure - Senate Sponsor, Sen. Kim Ward
HB 513 Lactation Consultant Licensure - House Sponsor, Representative Marcy Toepel
Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers
This bill would improve upon the protections in the Affordable Care Act by protecting all breastfeeding and working families regardless of how they are paid, hourly versus salary. It would permit breastfeeding or pumping at work beyond a year which is important for infants who were born preterm. It has provisions to exempt small employers for undue hardship.
Requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a private place (not in a bathroom) for mothers to express breast milk at work for breastfeeding employees.
Permits mothers to pump during the course of lactation.
Provides a return on investment for employers including: retention of experienced employees, reduced sick time for mothers and fathers due to decreased infant illness, and reduced healthcare and insurance costs.
HB 1177 Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers - Sponsor, Rep, Mary Jo Daley