Daley commemorates World Breastfeeding Week in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Aug. 4 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) and David Parker (R-Monroe) today announced that they have introduced House Resolution 965 in support of “World Breastfeeding Week” during the first week of August.

“Rep. Daley and I have joined forces to stress the need for our workplaces to improve accommodations for breastfeeding mothers,” Parker said. “In addition to this resolution, we have introduced House Bill 1100, which would enable more breastfeeding mothers to have a sanitary place to privately express breast milk for their baby at their workplace. That measure is still pending in the House Labor and Industry Committee.”

House Resolution 965 designates Aug. 1–7, as World Breastfeeding Week. This weeklong effort to raise awareness to the health benefits of breastfeeding was designed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a group which advocates for a concerted global action to support women who breastfeed.

This year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week is on raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. By recognizing that breastfeeding is a key to sustainable development, we will value our wellbeing from the start of life, respect each other and care for the world we share.

“Study after study makes it abundantly clear – both mothers and children benefit from breast milk,” Daley said. “For most babies, especially those born prematurely, breast milk is easier to digest than formula and helps fight against disease. Moreover, breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work because their infants are sick less often.”

Currently, approximately two dozen states have laws on the books relating to expressing milk in the workplace.