House Passes Bill Requiring Federal Buildings to Provide Lactation Spaces for Nursing Moms

Eleanor Holmes Norton, a grandmother, had an unusual request at a wedding she attended a year ago.

“I immediately said, ‘I need some lactation space,’ ” D.C.’s Democratic delegate recalled.

The request was for her daughter-in-law, who was offered a private area away from the crowd without anyone skipping a beat.

“What pleased me was that his facility understood that this was something they should do,” she said.

Norton wants all mothers to easily have access to a private space when they need it for pumping breast milk. Her legislation to help make that happen in federal buildings passed the House by voice vote on Tuesday evening.

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