New Philly Law Mandates More Employer Support for Breastfeeding Moms

A new law in Philadelphia helps create more supportive workplace environments for mothers who choose to breastfed.

On September 3rd, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter passed a city council bill, amending Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance and making it illegal “for any employer to fail to reasonably accommodate an individual’s need to express breast milk.” The bill became effective immediately. 

Under City Council Bill 130992, the amendment, covers all employers with employees in the City of Philadelphia. 

The Mayor’s announcement follows other recent efforts to improve breastfeeding support and therefore infant health outcomes in the Philadelphia area. For example, The First Food, Good Food Project by Common Market in Philadelphia, set out to better understand the influences of decision making for infant feeding options and personal eating habits. The pilot project, based in the Strawberry Mansion used on-the-ground community surveying and focus groups to better understand community influences and sentiment toward infant feeding and adult feeding options. Watch this video about the First Food/Good Food Project.  

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