On August 18, Rachel Jackson, CEO of Rachel's Remedies, LLC, joined New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy and doctors from Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to support legislation that would set aside lactation rooms for nursing moms at airport terminals. Here is the news release from the Senator's office:
Our Moms Deserve More: Senator Kennedy Stands with WNY Mothers, Doctors & Business Owners to Call for Lactation Rooms in Airports
As National Breastfeeding Month Continues, Kennedy Partners With Local Moms to Call for Increased Accommodations for New and Nursing Mothers
Study Shows That Barely 8 Percent of Airports Have Designated Lactation Rooms; Kennedy's Bill Calls on NYS to Follow Illinois and California’s Lead & Require All Major New York State Airports to Designate Space for Breastfeeding Moms
BUFFALO, NY – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) stood with Western New York mothers, doctors and business owners today to push for legislation that would increase support for mothers who breastfeed by requiring major airports to set aside a lactation room inside terminals. As breastfeeding rates continue to climb across the county, there is a growing and immediate need for these accommodations, especially for moms who must travel for work. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study shows that nationally, 79 percent of newborn infants were introduced to breastfeeding shortly after birth in 2011; that number is slightly higher in New York State, at just over 80 percent, and slightly lower in Erie County at around 68 percent.
Unfortunately, the number of mothers who choose to continue breastfeeding exclusively drops significantly in the following months after birth. CDC statistics show that nationally and in New York State, only around 16.5 percent of moms continue to solely breastfeed six months after giving birth. While this change in nutrition choice can be attributed to breastfeeding complications for some mothers, it is also often due to a lack of accommodations for women who have to pump. Many mothers who are required to travel for work often quit nursing because they have no sanitary location to pump breast milk.
“The decision whether to breastfeed is a personal, individual choice for each and every mother welcoming home a new addition. As these families grow and expand, so too does the number of mothers nationwide who are choosing to nurse their newborns, and we need to make sure we’re providing the proper support for them as once they leave the hospital,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “Traveling with a baby can be stressful enough; New York’s mothers shouldn’t also have to worry about finding a sanitary and private place to nurse their child. Through this legislation, we’re simply making sure that our mothers across the state have access to the accommodations they deserve.”
“I am a mother of two boys and traveled with and without my babies while I was breastfeeding. There were times I chose not to travel for work because there was no place to pump in airports,” said Rachel Jackson of Rachel’s Remedies, LLC. “We need to encourage, not inhibit, the ability of traveling mothers to continue breastfeeding. Mothers who are not able to pump or nurse their babies in sanitary conditions are more prone to illness, and more likely to quit breastfeeding.”
“We fully support Senator Kennedy’s efforts to continue to build a more breastfeeding friendly culture that has many short and long term health benefits for both women and children,” said Dr. Stephen Turkovich, Chief Medical Officer at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. “Providing optimal environments for mothers who choose to breastfeed in private is key to this endeavor and we are thankful to Senator Kennedy for supporting a mother’s choice to breastfeed.”