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Law Would Require Lactation Rooms at Airports

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A new bill would require a clean, private space for traveling mothers to breastfeed and pump at California’s largest airports, including Lindbergh Field.

Last week, the state assembly passed AB 1787, introduced by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach.)

AB 1787 would impact airports with more than one million travelers a year. These airports would be required to designate space with a chair and electrical outlet for new moms.

Currently, the San Francisco International Airport is the only California airport that offers lactation space, according to a statement from Lowenthal. SFO has 14 nurseries, one in each terminal.

The bill points out that though workplaces are required to provide new moms with a place to pump, many women travel for work.

The bill now moves to the state senate. If approved, airports would need to comply by 2016. The Commission on State Mandates would determine if the state will reimburse local agencies.