ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The Albany County Legislature introduced a policy impacting nursing mothers. The policy would designate a private space, other than a toilet, for expressing breast milk at work.
The Albany County Legislature introduced the policy on Monday, March 14. She would order all office buildings in Albany County to be equipped with lactation rooms that can be used by nurses to pump breast milk while being out of sight and safe from intrusion.
The policy had requirements for the private room, including:
- An outlet
- A chair
- A surface to put personal items
- Access to running water
- The room must also be close to the employee’s workplace
- A refrigerator suitable for storing breast milk.
“As a working mother, I fully understand the demands of having to juggle work responsibilities and parenting a new baby. This policy gives working mothers an important tool to help them manage the demands of parenthood while ensuring they remain prosperous and comfortable in the workplace,” said lawmaker Joanne Cunningham, sponsor of the resolution.
“As we celebrate Women’s History Month, the Albany County Legislature is proud to continue to address the barriers women face in the workplace,” said Speaker Andrew Joyce, who co-sponsored the bill. “This policy means that no nursing mother will have to worry about where she can pump and follows the menstrual policy we have adopted by providing access to free menstrual supplies in bathrooms across the county. . I would like to thank our Women’s Caucus for bringing these concerns to light and for continually advocating for ways to alleviate any barriers our employees may face.
The resolution is referred to the Health Committee for further consideration.