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May 16, 2008

Governor Signs Bill Protecting Rights of Nursing Mothers

Encourages Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Montpelier, Vt. — Governor Jim Douglas today signed into law a bill protecting the rights of breastfeeding mothers.

The Governor was joined by Commissioner of Health Sharon Moffatt, the staff of the Vermont Commission on Women, interested legislators, and State employees—accompanied by their children—that have been supported in their choice to continue breastfeeding once they returned to the workforce

“This new law strengthens Vermont’s efforts to support mothers who choose to express milk for their nursing infants while at work, and ensures that their rights to breastfeed are protected. This is beneficial to mothers, their babies, and to employers.

Douglas said he could speak to this last point from personal experience—two of his staff members joined him at the bill signing with their babies.

“It was important to me that employees enjoy a workplace that supports them in this—and other—important family decisions,” Douglas said, noting the challenges of working and raising a family. “I certainly recall the challenges Dorothy and I faced as young parents, just getting started in our careers and working hard to provide for our baby boys. Having supportive employers was a tremendous help.”

These policies also help retain employees and promote enhanced productivity, he added. “Every employer can benefit from encouraging a family-friendly workplace.”

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: May 16, 2008 08:18:47