|Graham Authors Legislation to Guarantee Breastfeeding|
|Written by Columbia Heights News|
|Tuesday, 06 March 2007|
Washington, DC – Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward One) authored legislation to give a woman the right to breastfeed anywhere she has the right to be with her child.
“New mothers often choose formula feeding to avoid embarrassment and other negative consequences,” said Councilmember Graham. “This legislation will hopefully promote breastfeeding as a positive and not a negative.”
“Statistics are showing a decline in the number of women choosing to breastfeed their children,” said Councilmember Graham. “I am concerned because studies also show that babies who are not breastfed have higher rates of childhood illnesses and infections.”
Councilmember Schwartz, to whose Committee the bill was referred, further emphasized the importance of breastfeeding for childhood health and development.
Joining Councilmember Graham as co-introducers were Carol Schwartz (D-At Large), Kwame Brown (D-At Large), and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). Co-sponsors included Chairman Vincent Gray (D-At Large), and Councilmembers David Catania (D-At Large), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6).
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