Support Breadtfeeding Mothers
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From researching, breastfeeding has many benefits for babies and mothers. Breast milk is rich in nutrients. It has antibodies, which help protect the baby from infections. Also, it helps prevent sudden death syndrome(SIDS). Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of type two diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Yet, six out of 10 women who breastfeed hide it in public and a third of them feel embarrassed or uncomfortable nursing outside the home, according to a survey. According to "Hints to Help You Get Off to a Good Start", It is illegal to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, but there have been high profile cases of women being told to cover up. The poll of 2,393 people found that 72% support public breastfeeding, but a lower proportion felt it was acceptable in restaurants (57%) or on public transportation (51%).
I urge everyone to support bill H.R.1174, which is Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017. This bill is about mothers who breastfeed in public and should have a private room to breastfeed. This bill requires all federal buildings that are open to the public to provide a space; other than a restroom to be used by members of the public as a lactation area. The room must be a clean place that is shielded from public view and must contain a chair, a working station, and an electrical outlet.
I am a mother who did breastfeed, but stop doing it due to the discomfort in public. Even though I didn’t have a direct conversation with someone in public, it still felt awkward with people staring at me. I wanted my daughter to be breastfed, but due to the ignorance of the people in public, it stopped me.
Everyone should vote on this bill because women who breastfeed would feel more comfortable coming out in public to do things with their child knowing that there is an area to breastfeed. Voting on this bill also give women a sense of relief in public and they know they won’t be criticized or being stared at when trying to nurture their child. Also, having a private room where mothers can breastfeed would eliminate photos of breastfeeding mothers on social media.
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