When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, it gave nursing mothers an opportunity to pump milk in the work place. Starting this September, women in Texas will be able to pump breast milk and breastfeed anywhere at anytime.
Lactation specialist and Director of the Lactation Care Center RGV, Burlene Carrizales, says it is a medical necessity for new mothers to provide milk for their newborns.
“It has immunity, it has antibodies that’s going to protect the baby from getting ill, it has protection against cancer for babies.”
Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that allows women in Texas to pump breast milk anywhere in public beginning Sept. 1, “Unfortunately in the United States, most moms do have to go back to work before meeting their breast feeding goals and by supporting working mothers allowing them to pump in public. It’s going to encourage mother’s to breastfeed for a much longer time.”
According to the Texas Breast Feeding Coalition, babies are born with an undeveloped immune system and human milk provides both food and immune support. Thus in return keeping the mother healthy as well, “the issues that we see in the Valley with morbid obesity, with diabetes, with cancer, all of these things can be influenced by a mother breastfeeding.”
A federal grant funds the Lactation Care Center and specialists help more than 2,500 clients a year with free assistance to all Texas mothers experiencing breast feeding challenges.