NEWARK, NJ - Certain public facilities and offices will now be required to provide on-site lactation rooms following a Thursday bill signing by Gov. Phil Murphy.
Murphy said the law breaks down barriers to breastfeed and empowers New Jersey's mothers.
“Building a stronger, fairer, and healthier New Jersey begins with unwavering support for our mothers and families, including providing access to private, clean, and safe spaces for nursing,” Murphy said.
First Lady Tammy Murphy said the law continues to build on the Nurture NJ campaign efforts to ensure equitable maternal and infant care to all women and children.
“By providing private and accessible space for nursing mothers, we are encouraging those who can breastfeed to do so as long as they can,” the First Lady said.
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The law requires certain public facilities including any health care facility, federally qualified health center, county or municipal welfare office or agency, Medical Assistance Customer Center (MACC), One-Stop Career Center, adoption agency, or center operated by or under the authority of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency in the Department of Children and Families, to make at least one lactation room available upon request to any mother utilizing on-site services,
It further requires the Department of Health (DOH) to create signage that contains information about breastfeeding, affirms a mother’s right to nurse in public and indicates that lactation rooms are available for the privacy and comfort of nursing mothers.
Acting Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said breastfeeding provides an excellent source of nutrition for infants, helps boost their immune systems to prevent illness, and strengthens the bonds between mothers and babies.
"This bill celebrates the benefits of breastfeeding by creating space for mothers to nurse," Persichilli said. "The Department of Health promotes breastfeeding and supports our working mothers with a half dozen lactation rooms."
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