President Obama orders new federal breastfeeding policy

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.


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  • Steven Olson

    That sounds like really good news. I have always found it amazing that people would be so offended by breastfeeding. If you don’t like it, look away. No one is forcing you to watch.

    I remember when I first realized how difficult breastfeeding can be for mothers. I was out at a big group dinner and one of the couples had a 9 month old baby that was still nursing. The mother asked me if I minded if she breastfed (we were in a private area in the restaurant). Since I was asked, I figured that meant she wasn’t going to be covered and that I would look away, to not make her feel uncomfortable and like I was staring at her. She ended having a nursing blanket and absolutely nothing was visible. I was shocked that she would even feel the need to ask if that was ok, as it was literally nothing. It seems pretty ridiculous to me that a nursing mother would feel the need to ask permission regardless of whether she covered herself up with a blanket or not, but that was when I first realized the kinds of attitudes nursing mothers are exposed to.

  • Jessica “Jess” Victoria Carillo

    Attention Prudes, Perverts, and Yappers:
    Boobs are always and always have been for Babies. Deal with it

    • ADHD PhD

      My boobs are not “for” babies, my partner, or anyone else. My boobs are for me!