Right to Breastfeed in the Workplace


A Houston judge made an astounding decision yesterday. Here’s the text from an organization called Moms Rising, which has a policy agenda focused on issues affecting families.

“Donnicia Venters, a mom from Houston, TX, lost her job in 2009 simply for following medical advice to breastfeed her infant. When Donnicia told her boss about her pregnancy, he assured her that her position would still be available for her after she returned from her short maternity leave. But once Donnicia informed her boss that she was breastfeeding her new baby and would need a place to pump milk while at work, he suddenly changed his mind and fired her.

And yesterday, a Houston judge ruled that her firing was not a case of gender discrimination because “…lactation is not a pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition”.

Well, that’s news to us!”

Their advocacy message is: “Stand up for Donnicia and all new mothers. No one should have to choose between their job and breastfeeding.

*Ask your members of Congress to support the Breastfeeding Promotion Act today.” Here’s a link to the petition.

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