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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Alexandria aims to be more mom friendly

By Allison Klein

There's a movement in Alexandria to legalize breast feeding in public and to make the city friendly to nursing moms by creating breast-feeding rooms in public buildings.

Two Alexandria City Council members are working on legislation that would add a breast-feeding exception to Alexandria's indecent exposure law. It also would ensure that city work places have a nursing and pumping room for employees and visitors.

Council member Rob Krupicka said he decided to propose the legislation after learning that several female city employees who were nursing had difficulty finding a place to express milk. City Hall has a pumping room, but some other city buildings do not, he said.

The legislation, also supported by Vice Mayor Kerry Donley, also aims to help make nursing mothers more comfortable at eating establishments and other public places.

“I’ve heard stories of people being made to feel uncomfortable at restaurants, coffee shops or on park benches,” Krupicka said. “This would make it less awkward and more comfortable for moms.”

If it passes, the ordinance would bring Alexandria in line with Virginia’s indecent exposure law, which specifies that it does not apply to breast-feeding mothers.

A recently passes federal law requires businesses with more than 50 employees to give nursing mothers regular breaks during the work day, and a place other than a bathroom to express milk or nurse.

There likely will be a public hearing on Alexandria’s proposed ordinance in February or March, Krupicka said.

By Allison Klein  | January 31, 2011; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Comments

more nanny state cra-aap. no new laws.

Posted by: submarinerssn774 | January 31, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

more nanny state cra-aap. no new laws.

Posted by: submarinerssn774 | January 31, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

You're not allowed to bare your breast in public UNLESS you're breast feeding? If a mom breast feeds her child in a McDonalds and a man sees her breast can he be arrested for being a peeping tom?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | January 31, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Jimof1913: "If a mom breast feeds her child in a McDonalds and a man sees her breast can he be arrested for being a peeping tom?"

Why would you even ask such a question? Gimme a break. Besides, the mother's milk would be the only thing in McD's that qualifies as actual food!

Posted by: tomguy1 | January 31, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Jimof1913: "If a mom breast feeds her child in a McDonalds and a man sees her breast can he be arrested for being a peeping tom?"

Why would you even ask such a question? Gimme a break. Besides, the mother's milk would be the only thing in McD's that qualifies as actual food!

Posted by: tomguy1 | January 31, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I breastfed 29 years ago, but never in public. I pumped my milk and took it where I needed to. I personally do not like seeing women breastfeed in public. I also don't like seeing men urinating on the side of a building. Do either make me insensitive?

Posted by: gladiatorgal | January 31, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I breastfed 29 years ago, but never in public. I pumped my milk and took it where I needed to. I personally do not like seeing women breastfeed in public. I don't like seeing men urinating on the side of a building or couples darn near having sex in public places. Gosh, I never thought this chick would turn into June Cleaver/Alice Mitchell or my favorite - Archie Bunker!

Posted by: gladiatorgal | January 31, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Why did you censor my previous comment?

How much radical feminism will the Washington Post support?

Why should people - families - be subjected to public breastfeeding or the gratuitous "expressing milk"?

Given the availability of [more nutritious] formula at every local CVS, why should the public have this thrust on them?

Keep this obscenity out of public places. Most of us are nauseated by the sight of it, and it does the cause of women no good whatsoever.

Posted by: PresstoDigitate | February 1, 2011 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Why is Vice Mayor Donley wasting everyone's time with is so called issue?

He surely has found a way to tax breast milk.


Posted by: BudMiller | February 2, 2011 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Thank you to councilman Krupicka and council Vice Chairman Donley for taking steps to overturn this antiquated law! We applaud this movement not only for pushing to overturn the ban on breastfeeding in public, but also for striving to spread awareness of the health and societal benefits of breastfeeding that have been proven time and again by evidence based research. At Lansinoh, we support all mothers in their infant-feeding decision, and it is extremely encouraging to see that our local government does as well. It is so unfortunate that many moms today have been made to feel they should think first about what is socially acceptable, and second about what their baby needs at that moment. Our society needs to rethink which takes priority, and support women in their efforts to nourish their baby in the way they’ve chosen. The more comfortable and familiar families, friends, employers, and health care workers are with breastfeeding, the healthier our nation will be.

Gina Ciagne, CLC
Senior Director of Breastfeeding Relations
Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc.

Posted by: GciagneCLC | February 4, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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