PUMP Act is signed into law!

What is the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, and how does it differ from the 2010 Break Time for Nursing Mothers Act?

The US Congress passed the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act on December 29, 2022.

Prior to the PUMP Act, the 2010 Break Time for Nursing Mothers Act gave hourly employees the right to take lactation breaks during work. Employers were required to provide reasonable break times and private, non-bathroom spaces for lactating employees to pump. However, approximately 25% of lactating individuals were not covered by the Break Time Law, particularly salaried employees.

The PUMP Act expands the right to pump breaks in appropriate spaces for nearly all lactating workers. The PUMP Act, which goes into effect April 28th, 2023, also makes it possible for an employee to file a lawsuit against their employer when the law is violated.


International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

We celebrate the contributions of women everywhere helping build a better world. Our hearts go out to Ukrainian women and all those affected by the war against their country. Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by conflict. Offering them safety, protection and support is critical. We applaud the brave Ukrainians fighting the invaders and those brave Russians who have been demonstrating against this war. We must all do what we can to help.

PUMP legislation passes the House!

The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act has passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 276-149! This victory is the culmination of ten years of hard work by lactation advocates to close a gap in federal law. We are now an important step closer to ensuring that nearly 9 million more workers have protected time and space to express breast milk at work.

The next stop is the Senate!

Global Breastfeeding Collective celebrates the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) by the 34th World Health Assembly.

Nearly forty years ago, the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) was adopted, calling on governments, companies, and health care workers to protect families from aggressive marketing efforts, particularly of formula, feeding bottles, and artificial nipples.

However, the existence of the Code is not enough to secure a world where predatory marketing does not stand between mothers, parents, and breastfeeding. 

The 40th anniversary marks a critical moment for all of us to learn more about the Code and get tools for the ways that we can strengthen and support this essential protection.

You are invited to join as the Global Breastfeeding Collective celebrates the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) by the 34th World Health Assembly.

At the celebration, hear from leading speakers on how big corporations influence infant and young child feeding patterns around the world and how those practices risk public health. You can get inspired with how governments tackle these practices through Code legislation and learn what more we can do to strengthen the Code in the years to come to provide our infants with the best start in life.

Sponsored by the Global Breastfeeding Collective, which includes UNICEF, the WHO, and more than 25 international agencies including ILCA, all of whom are calling on governments, policy makers, development partners, and civil society actors to increase investments in breastfeeding worldwide.

21 May 2021 at 14:00 to 15:30 CET (8:00 a.m. New York, 14:00 Geneva, 15:00 Nairobi, 17:00 Islamabad, 21:00 Tokyo) in English, Russian, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Live stream via Zoom. Free registration required.

End Systemic Racism!

The violent murder of George Floyd has shocked us to the core. It has woken us up to the fact of a culture or systemic racism and oppression and white privilege. While our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all people of color in the United States we call on law enforcement everywhere to prevent the recurrence of racist behavior of all kinds. Moreover, we need to change the systemic racism in the United States of America. To do this, we each have a role to play. While thinking of the country as a whole, we must act locally. We must recognize the prejudices we each harbor and see that we act justly, without prejudice in all our dealings with other people.

We must recognize that American blacks and other minorities have higher maternal mortality, prematurity rates, receive lower wages, less opportunity, access to healthcare and education than those of us who are privileged and we must correct this. It is now our responsibility to go beyond demonstrations and work on how this should be done, COVID 19 not withstanding. Failure to do so makes a farce of the idealism upon which our national values are founded! 

Virtual Lactation Consults during Covid-19 Pandemic

While we are warned that social distancing is essential to slow the spread of the coronavirus mothers & babies still need help to breastfeed optimally. Effective breastfeeding is particularly important to enhance baby’s protection against this virus and other infections. So telemedicine comes to the rescue with  virtual consultations by Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). The IBCLC is the gold standard in infant feeding support.

For a virtual/video consultation call 917-371 1948

Or NYLCA 646 450 2694