BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Advocates for breastfeeding say Alabama employers should do a better job of allowing the practice at work.
Al.com reports that at least 29 states have laws that protect breastfeeding and pumping breast milk at work – but Alabama is not among them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Alabama has the third-lowest breastfeeding rate in the nation.
Gayle Whatley, a registered nurse and vice chairwoman of the Alabama Breastfeeding Committee, says that Alabama mothers tend to quit breast-feeding sooner than women elsewhere. She says that’s happening because of the lack of knowledge and support from their employers.
Some Alabama mothers want to see that change.