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Bill making it easier for moms to pump breast milk advances


Connecticut lawmakers have advanced legislation aimed at making it easier for mothers to pump their breast milk.

The House of Representatives voted 142-1 Tuesday to build upon current law, which requires employers to make reasonable efforts to provide a room or location other than a toilet stall, where a worker can express her breast milk in private during a break.

This latest bill specifies that the location must be free from intrusion and shielded from the public. It also must have access to an electrical outlet and be near a refrigerator or employee-provided portable cold-storage container.

Democratic Rep. Caroline Simmons of Stamford says she heard from one mother who was harassed while pumping her in car, and another whose boss refused to provide a location.

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