Baltimore City Councilwoman will introduce legislation to improve lactation accommodations (Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore City Councilwoman introduced legislation Monday designed to improve lactation accommodations and ease new mothers’ transitions back into the workplace.

Councilwoman Shannon Sneed — who often brings her young daughter to public hearings and council meetings — said all working mothers “deserve the ability to lactate if they return to work by choice or by necessity.” Mothers, she said, shouldn’t have to choose between their careers and their child’s wellness.

Sneed held a press conference Monday afternoon with representatives from The Family League of Baltimore, local union members and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen to discuss the legislation further.

Wen said research shows that breastfeeding “is best for the mother and child,” because it provides the baby’s first immunizations, reduces infant mortality and helps build emotional bonds.

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