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Lowenthal Bill for New Moms Moves to the Senate

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AB 1787 requires major airports to accommodate nursing mothers

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, to support nursing mothers passed the Assembly with broad, bipartisan support today.  AB 1787 requires all major airports in California to provide clean, private space for mothers to express breastmilk.

“This isn’t just a women’s issue, and today’s workplace isn’t limited to just a single office,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and the Legislative Women’s Caucus.  “Now more than ever before, California moms are traveling as part of their jobs, and this bill helps them balance their commitment to breastfeeding their children with the demands of their careers.”

All workplaces are required to provide private space for their nursing employees, however those same accommodations are hard to come by when mothers are traveling.  Under AB 1787, California’s major airports, those with one million enplanements each year, will be required to provide a private space with a chair and electrical outlet.  The space cannot be part of a bathroom, and when an airport expands, their new construction will be required to include nursery space with a sink. 

Currently, only one airport in California provides private nursing space for traveling mothers. San Francisco International Airport has 14 nurseries on site, one in each terminal.

AB 1787 has the support of the California chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as Breastfeed LA and the California WIC Association, among others.   The bill now moves to the Senate.

Assemblymember Lowenthal is the Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and the Select Committee on Ports.  Ms. Lowenthal represents the 70th Assembly District, including Catalina Island, Long Beach, San Pedro, and Signal Hill.

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