CHICAGO – Two Illinois congressmen are seeking to expand FEMA’s list of eligible natural disaster expenses to help support breastfeeding women and their babies.
The Delivering Essentials to Mothers Amid Natural Disasters (DEMAND) Act, introduced by Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Western Suburbs) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), aims to highlight the unique impacts of extreme weather and emergency events. on mothers and babies. The bipartisan legislation would add breast pumps and lactation support services to the list of eligible expenses for emergency aid.
“This is a scary and vulnerable time for many families, but for a breastfeeding mother it can mean a loss of essential breastfeeding equipment that needs to be quickly replaced, as well as disruption of feeding routines and a need support,” Underwood said on Saturday. .
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Breastfeeding has significant health benefits for infants and their mothers, yet only 25% of babies are breastfed for the recommended first 6 months of life.
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