This is important because out of the 50 states, only 24 have laws related to protecting the rights of breastfeeding women in the workplace. Missouri is not one of these states. There is a federal law that requires empoyers to provide "reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk." This law only applies to workplaces covered by the FLSA (fair labor standards act) and has no enforcement provision. Many employers can get around making accomadations for breastfeeding women needing to express milk during the day by saying that the accomadations impose "undue hardship" leaving the nursing mother to have to choose between keeping her job or continuing to nurse. I've started this petition, as a breastfeeding mother of 2 years, to show governor Jay Nixon that there is a need for a law completely protecting my rights, and the rights of other women like me, to breast feed and continue to work. If a new law is implemented, the difference would be great! Women could breast feed their children longer which in turn would reduce the risk of ear infections, colds, viruses, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), leukemia, some childhood cancers, and juvenile-onset diabetes for said children. Studies also indicate that cognitive development is increased among children whose mothers choose to breastfeed through their infancies. Not only does breastfeeding bennifit the child, but also the mother. Research has shown that the longer a woman breastfeeds, the more her risk for getting some breast and ovarian cancers go down.
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