Breastfeeders demonstrate for rights

August 7, 2009 2:47:48 PM PDT
They came to the subway to prove a point. That is to show New Yorkers it's ok to breast feed anywhere.

On the A train between Washington Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, this group of moms was prepared for all sorts of reactions.

But most passengers on the city's subways have pretty much seen it all and they have no problem with it.

"Doesn't bother me. It's part of the way God made us," one rider said.

But many of the women do say they have had problems when they've tried to breast feed elsewhere in the city.

"Why can't I feed my daughter outside in the park without somebody having a problem or accusing me of exposing myself?" one women wondered.

Just last month both the state senate and the assembly passed what's called the Breastfeeding Bill of Rights.

The bill requires that new mothers be informed of breastfeeding options before they deliver, while in the maternal healthcare facility, as well as after leaving that facility. In addition, it bans commercial interests (formula providers) from pressuring new mothers while in maternal facilities without an express request from the new mother.

"You absolutely have the right to decide to use formula, but the hospital is not the place to advertise your pharmacy products," State Senator Liz Krueger said.

The city's health department also supported the effort by urging moms in need of breastfeeding help to call 3-1-1.

They say the bottom line is breastfeeding is healthiest for both mother and baby.

The new legislation heads to the governor's desk next week.


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