Public breastfeeding is protected by Texas state law, but breastfeeding mothers suffer harassment and eviction from public spaces due to ignorance and lack of enforcement mechanisms. HB 1706 strengthens existing state laws by providing education for business owners and provides redress for mothers whose rights have been violated. The bill would also instruct Texas state agencies to develop mother-friendly policies for breastfeeding employees.
Breastfeeding is a public good and health imperative. Breast milk is the optimal source of nutrition for babies and breastfeeding lowers a child’s risk of developing a wide range of diseases including obesity and diabetes later in life.
Supporting breastfeeding in the workplace is key to increasing breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity . Mother-friendly worksite policies at state agencies could result in huge healthcare savings.
While many federal agencies have recognized maternity care and breastfeeding as a key national strategy for improving the health of mothers and children, the promotion and creation of breastfeeding-friendly environments has been slow to be rolled out across the country.
Texas House Bill 1706 is an example of a concrete policy action that can be taken to support a mother’s right to breastfeed her child, particularly while working at a state agency.
Help protect breastfeeding mothers and babies! Let your representative know you support HB1706 by adding your name to our petition.
Please contact your TX Representative to encourage them to support HB 1706. To locate your Representative: http://www.house.state.tx.us/resources/frequently-asked-questions/#who_rep
HB 1706 is currently "pending" in the TX House Business and Industry Committee. Please contact committee members to encourage them to vote it favorably out of committee and support its passage into law!
Chair: Rep. René Oliveira:
Vice Chair: Rep. Dwayne Bohac
Rep. Rob Orr
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez
Rep. Jason Villalba
Rep. Armando Walle
Rep. Paul Workman
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