According to KTLA breast-feeding at work should become a lot easier as employers adhere to a provision of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. In a report released Friday, women’s health advocates estimate that the provision will increase the breast-feeding rate among U.S. women, a statistic that now ranks well below other developed nations.
Under the new law, employers must provide nursing breaks and a private, sanitary place where mothers of children younger than 1 who work as nonexempt employees can express breast milk. Salaried women are expected to benefit as well. Companies with fewer than 50 workers may be exempt from the law. Still, the law should benefit the women who may find it hardest to continue to breast-feed after returning to work: lower-income and lower-educated women. Overall, the provisions in the law cover three-fifths of employed women living in families with incomes less than $50,000 a year.
As more women will be given an opportunity to breast-feed longer it is predictable that many women will take advantage of the opportunity. Dr. O’Toole encourages his patients by educating them on the many options available to help women return to their prepregnancy shape. It is not unusual to lose breast volume, have increased sagging, and stretched nipples after pregnancy and breast-feeding. Breast augmentation including a breast lift will usually help the woman to have a more proportionate and shapely figure. Most patients tell Dr. O’Toole they are thrilled with the results.
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