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Bill filed in legislature to give women time to breastfeed at work

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi is among the states with the lowest rates of breastfeeding. 

Tuesday a group of working and non-working Mom's lobbied lawmakers to take a close look at the need for additional education and laws.

"Right now some people  have the mindset," said State Senator Hillman Frazier. "This is not a natural thing to do and it is supposed to be. We are trying to encourage women to have this healthy option."

Senator Frazier filed a bill that would require employers to allow "reasonable break time" and a private location for moms to pump or breastfeed while at work. 
Mindy Byrd, a nurse practitioner, supports the bill.

"I think employers are for it but just don't understand the time involved and also being able to offer an appropriate place to pump," said nurse practitioner Mindy Byrd. "So I think education and public awareness will make this bill go a long way."

Many advocates this is critical to the health of their children.

"Having additional state laws to provide protections  to even more employees would certainly help increase the breastfeeding rate in Mississippi," said attorney Jacqueline Hammack.  

 CDC research shows breastfeeding can help reduce childhood obesity and protect babies from several medical issues. 

 It's good for public health. it's good for Mom s. It's good for babies. It saves health care dollars," added Hammack. "It makes workers more productive. What's not to like?"

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