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New York law guarantees breastfeeding rooms at the airport

Private breastfeeding spaces are now mandatory at all New York airports.

On July 6, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that will ensure some New York airports have private nursing-friendly spaces behind the airport security screening area so mothers can breastfeed their child. And while there are plenty of breastfeeding struggles moms have to deal with, this is one you don’t have to worry about anymore, at least at New York airports.

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“One of the biggest challenges for new parents is finding a space to feed their children,” Governor Hochul said in her statement. “This is a fight that many have faced for many years, and only recently have they been able to get the rights and accommodations they deserve. By signing this, we will continue to make New York a better place to raise young children safely and securely.”

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Parents traveling with children have a lot on their minds. From worrying about how to get bottled breastmilk through security, checking their strollers, and even worrying about how their kids will handle the flight itself. Among the different types of breastfeeding problems a mother can have, finding a private place to feed her child shouldn’t be one of them.

With this type of mandate, New York is creating a much-needed change in the way parents will travel in and out of New York airports.

Nor is it the first time that New York is at the forefront of passing laws that positively affect mothers. Among other big changes the New York government has passed to support parents, they recently drafted a law requiring lactation rooms in public facilities and workplaces.

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State Senator Tim Kennedy shared the good news and the story behind how the bill came to life on Twitter.