INCA Letter of Support for Friendly Airports for Mothers Act

Statement of Support for S. 1110 / H.R. 2375

The Infant Nutrition Council of America* (INCA) is pleased to express its strong support for the Friendly
Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act of 2017 (S. 1110 / H.R. 2375). This bipartisan legislation will require all
large and medium hub airports to provide an accessible, clean, private, non-bathroom space in each
terminal for mothers to express breast milk, breastfeed or prepare infant formula for their child/children.
We applaud Congress for identifying creative solutions to help families traveling with infants and young
children and believe the FAM Act will help address the unique challenges of feeding infants while
traveling.

S. 1110 / H.R. 2375 was introduced in the Senate by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and in the House
of Representatives by Representative Stephen Knight (R-CA). Last year, the FAM Act passed both the
Senate and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as part of a proposed reauthorization
of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which funds our nation’s air transportation infrastructure.
However, this reauthorization was ultimately not passed in the House before the end of the 114th Session
of Congress and the reauthorization is now being renegotiated this Congressional session.

Currently, California and Illinois are the only two states that have passed state legislation requiring large
airports to provide a separate location/space for nursing mothers and young children. INCA supports
enacting these lactation room provisions on the federal scale through the FAM Act. This legislation
supports states, through Airport Improvement Program funds, in complying within two years of the new
airport lactation room requirements, which include a space that is accessible to persons with disabilities,
available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, include a place to sit, a table or other flat
surface, and an electrical outlet. These rooms will provide a safe, quite, and private space for nursing
mothers and their children, allowing them to escape from the hectic functions of a large airport terminal.

The primary focus of INCA and its member companies is and will always remain the health and welfare of
infants and young children around the world. In order to maintain the health of infants, the federal and
state governments must ensure mothers are receiving the highest quality of healthcare accommodations
available. The FAM Act is an important step towards achieving this laudable goal and will help to supply
mothers with the privacy and security they need to supply healthy and nutritious milk to their children.

INCA joins the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Military Family
Association, the U.S. Breastfeeding Coalition, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, the
American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal
Nurses in their support of this significant bill. We strongly encourage Congress to consider and pass this
critical legislation and for President Trump to sign it into law. We believe this meaningful legislation will
pave the way for better health care policies for women and will promote and overall infant health in the
United States.

*The INCA is an association of manufacturers and marketers of formulated nutrition products, e.g., infant
formulas and adult nutritionals, whose members produce over 95% of the infant formula that is consumed
in the United States. Abbott Nutrition, Gerber Products Company, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Perrigo
Nutritionals are proud members of the INCA. For more information on INCA, please visit
https://infantnutrition.org/.