House Bill 232 Authored by Representative Farrar
Strengthening the Right to Breastfeed
HB 786 Authored by Representative Walle
Right to Express Breastmilk in the Workplace
will be heard in Committee March 17th. The hearing starts at 11:30 but several bills will be heard and we are not sure in what order they will be discussed. Please take time to at least stop by the capitol and “drop a card” in support of this breastfeeding legislation. This can be done by signing in electronically on a tablet near the meeting room. If you would like to testify in support of these bills you can also sign up to do that. More information about this process can be found here
The hearing will be in E2.016
maps can be found here for the Capitol Extension.
If you are not able to make it to the capitol but you would still like to show your support please contact members on the Business and Industry Committee and ask them to support this legislation.
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We will not be meeting at Any Baby Can on the 3rd Wed in November, instead we will be attending the State Coalition meeting at the Capitol. Please join us there.
Our regular coalition meeting would be Nov 19th but coalitions from around the state will be coming to Austin to participate in the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting on Nov 17th and 18th. Please join us for the kick off of the next legislative session. This meeting will take place right after the election so all legislators will be finished campaigning and considering their legislative agenda for the session. We would like breastfeeding support to be a part of that agenda. Join us and make your voices heard.
For More information visit www.TexasBreastfeedingCoalition.org
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Thank you to all who called and wrote legislators to move these breastfeeding bills through the House.
The breastfeeding bills we were advocating for didn’t make it through this session but there was a lot of awareness raised about breastfeeding issues in both chambers. It is time now to take a deep breath, reflect on our successes and where we could have done things differently, and get ready for next session.
The work of legislation mostly occurs in the year prior to the active session so keep your eyes and ears open Texas. We will be much more actively asking for your support and participation this next time around. If you’re interested in truly taking a leadership role on these or any other issues related to healthy families, I urge you to join HMHB and the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. Membership of both organizations is made up of people from all walks of life, many who also work full time jobs. We need people who are willing to spend even just a small amount of time and effort to make a change in the lifes of mothers, babies, and the health of families in Texas.
You can make a difference… Let’s start today.
Keep your eyes open for updates and calls to action and thanks again for your support of moms and babies everywhere.
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The Texas Legislature has the opportunity to give moms of Texas a great Mothers Day gift
Thanks to those of you who contacted your legislator and the Calendar’s Committee. Very late on Monday night May 7, both breastfeeding bills were added to the legislative calendar! They will come up for debate and vote this week, just in time for Mother’s Day. Because they are running behind schedule HB 741 will probably be heard Thurs May 9 and 1706 will probably be heard on May 10. We will definitely be watching legislators votes on this issue and will establish a report on who our breastfeeding friendly Representatives are, but we need your help before the vote to make sure that all the legislators across the state are familiar with the issue. Please call your Rep and send an e mail to all legislators expressing your support for these very important bills
The language of the bills can be found here
HB 1706 Strengthens the right to breastfeed in public HB 1706 provides enforcement for the nursing in public law that was established in Texas in 1994. This bill instructs the comptroller to inform all businesses in the state that a woman does in fact have the right to breastfeed her baby anywhere that she is otherwise authorised to be and her right to be there can not be revoked simply because she begins to breastfeed.
HB 741 Extends pumping protections for working mothers who are also public employees (including teachers of public school districts)
Please call and send your e mail of suport today!
Find sample letters at txbfleg.com but even just a few sentences about why these issues are important to you are fine. The important thing is that you let your voice be heard and urge support for both of these bills.
Find your rep here
Send an e mail to everyone in the Texas Legislature with this list:
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Great news Texas! Both breastfeeding bills up for consideration in our Texas legislature have passed out of the Business and Industry Committee. Now they need to be put on the calendar for consideration by the full house and senate respectively. We still have a lot of work to do in moving these bills through. Our legislative session is very short and if they don’t make it out of the Calendar Committee these important pieces of legislation will lie dormant for another 2 years.
Which bills are we talking about?
HB 741 Extends pumping protections for working mothers who are also public employees (including school districts)
What you can do:
Write letters to the Calendar Committee members asking them to add these bills to the house callendar quickly. There are several examples of letters that you can make your own and send along to the calendar committee as well as your own representative here.
Find your rep here
Here are the members of the Calendar Committee.
|Chair:||Rep. Todd Hunter|
|Vice Chair:||Rep. Eddie Lucio III|
|Members:||Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo|
|Rep. Carol Alvarado|
|Rep. Dan Branch|
|Rep. Angie Chen Button|
|Rep. Byron Cook|
|Rep. Myra Crownover|
|Rep. Sarah Davis|
|Rep. Craig Eiland|
|Rep. John Frullo|
|Rep. Charlie Geren|
|Rep. Helen Giddings|
|Rep. John Kuempel|
|Rep. Doug Miller|
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Show your support for this legislation that increases public health and awareness.
Thank you to Representative Farrar for introducing amendments to the current right to breastfeed legislation. Under our current legislation, even though it is strongly worded, we continue to receive reports of discrimination year after year. Mothers report being accosted at the park, in restaurants, department stores, and most recently at AISD. For many moms it is very embarrassing to attempt to breastfeed in public especially in the first months. Many moms report that they are so afraid someone will say something negative that they pump milk in order to feed their baby if he\she gets hungry when they are out. Many problems occur when this fear is fostered. First, a mothers ability to make milk for her baby is very fragile. If she does not take milk from the breast each time that the baby eats, she is telling her body that she doesn’t need to make that milk. Her body responds through either severe engorgement which can lead to infection, loss of milk production, or both. No mother should be asked to put her health or her baby’s health at risk because it might make someone else uncomfortable to see an infant eat. Second and just as important, when more women are giving bottles we are teaching the next generation that babies should eat processed foods from a bottle instead of human milk from their mother. Both consequences are dangerous not just to moms and babies now but generations to come.
The language in this bill that will fulfill the goal that HMHB has had for many years in educating businesses of the right of mothers to feed their children and establishing recourse if that right is abridged.
The bill adds to sec. 165.001: “The legislature intends that all persons be informed of the rights of breast-feeding mother and child and be prohibited from interfering with those rights.”
it adds important language to sec. 165.002 as well (underlined): “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is otherwise authorized to be. A mother’s authority to be in a location may not be revoked for the sole reason that she begins to breast-feed.
b. A person may not interfere with or restrict the right of a mother to breast-feed in accordance with this section.
HB 1706 also instructs the comptroller to notify businesses of the current law which has been Texas law since 1995 and ensures the right of civil complaints if that right is denied. Please tell Representative Farrar thank you for her contribution to healthy moms and babies all across Texas and let your representative know that you want them to co sponsor this bill.
Full language and instructions on how to follow this bill here.
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The legislature finds that breastfeeding a baby is an important and basic act of nurture that must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values. In compliance with the breastfeeding promotion program established under the federal Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. Section 1771 et seq.), the legislature recognizes breastfeeding as the best method of infant nutrition.
Sec. 165.002 Right to Breastfeed
A mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.