The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 3170) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support. The Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, passed in 2010, provided critical protections to ensure that employees have reasonable break time and a private place to pump during the work day. However, nearly one in four women of childbearing age are excluded from coverage and have no clear right to break time and space. The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act would close this gap in two important ways:
- Ensuring that ALL breastfeeding employees are covered by the Break Time law and
- Creating a clear mechanism for holding employers accountable when they do not comply.
Individuals are invited to contact their Members of Congress about the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act with USBC’s online action tool: “Ask your Members of Congress to Support Breastfeeding Employees.”