Maloney applauds HHS approval of expansion of breastfeeding policies

Aug 2, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-- Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) praised Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s announcement of Obama Administration approval of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations on preventive services, which would make breastfeeding counseling and rental of breastfeeding equipment freely available to women who choose to breastfeed.

“These recommendations are in line with the growing body of medical evidence that suggests that breastfeeding has enormous health benefits for both mother and child,” said Maloney. “Studies have also shown that the U.S. could save $13 billion per year in unnecessary medical expenses if 90 percent of new mothers nursed their children exclusively for six months. Approving these recommendations is truly a “win-win” for mothers and policymakers, and I applaud this decision.”

Rep. Maloney and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) were successful in passing a provision from their bill, the Breastfeeding Promotion Act (H.R. 2819/S. 1744 in the 111th Congress), in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would allow mothers who work for hourly wages to take an unpaid break in a private place to express breast milk. They recently reintroduced their legislation in the 112th Congress, which would further expand breastfeeding opportunities for new mothers