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Lansing moms push for workplace breastfeeding rights

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Posted at 11:00 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-27 14:25:22-04

LANSING, Mich. — On Friday, parents in Lansing joined hundreds throughout the nation to participate in the nationwide Nurse-in to spread awareness on breastfeeding.

The Lansing moms gathered around the Capital to discuss breastfeeding laws and legislation.

Right now Michigan law allows mothers to breastfeed in public.

The moms at the Capitol on Friday were pushing towards breastfeeding laws in the workplace.

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employers allow a place other than the bathroom for mothers to express breast milk a year after their child's birth.

But currently in Michigan this only applies to hourly employees.

"So ideally we would like so the moms that go back to work to breast feed if they choose and not just the hourly employees but the salary ones as well," said Willow Tree Family Center Outreach Coordinator, Natosha Sage-El.

Right now, thirty states have workplace pumping laws enacted.

The moms also used Friday to spread awareness about normalizing breastfeeding in daily life.

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