Although breastfeeding private and public sector workers’ rights are included in the new health care reform law, President Obama has requested guidelines be implemented for federal employees:
President Obama is asking federal personnel officials to draft “appropriate workplace accommodations” for federal employees who are nursing mothers.
The president issued a memo Monday to the Office of Personnel Management, asking for new guidelines to be published when ready.
The order is required by the new health-care reform law, which mandates new breastfeeding rights primarily for hourly workers in the private and public sectors. But Obama asked the federal govenrment to go a step farther by establishing new guidelines for all federal employees, no matter their status, according to White House aides.
It’s great to see breastfeeding being legitimized as a natural and necessary activity for some mothers as opposed to being treated as a distraction from those with “delicate sensibilities” or straight up public indecency. Babies suck boobs. To eat. It happens. Let’s get over it.