Oh, how I love D.C.’s feisty congressional representative, Eleanor Holmes Norton, who captured my heart as a frequent guest on the late, great Colbert Report. This week, she’s sponsored a bill to open up lactation spaces in all federal buildings, everywhere.
The bipartisan bill, called the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, would require buildings that are either federally owned or leased to provide designated private and hygienic spaces — other than a bathroom — for nursing mothers.
“Considering millions of people visit federal sites across the country, and particularly here in the nation’s capital, visiting nursing mothers should also have access to dedicated lactation spaces they need to safely pump breast milk for their newborns,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., in a recent statement.
This makes me think about the time I brought my breast pump to the Women’s March in D.C. and had to find a hotel basement in which to pump. Lactation spaces that aren’t also unhygienic bathrooms are a really smart idea, and wouldn’t cost much—just a little creative use of space!
My bill requiring federal buildings to provide lactation spaces to visiting nursing mothers will be considered on the House floor tomorrow. https://t.co/L0ZiijiSyv
— Eleanor Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) March 6, 2017
The bill needs a senator to sponsor it–paging Patty Murray, Kamala Harris, Diane Feinstein or Kirsten Gillibrand?