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L.A. Council to study giving new mothers room to breastfeed in city buildings

The Los Angeles City Council wants to know how much it would cost to create dedicated places inside municipal buildings for new mothers to breastfeed.

On a 12-0 vote, the council agreed to obtain a study on the feasibility of setting aside lactation rooms in any city building with 250 or more occupants.

Councilman Tony Cardenas, who authored the proposal, said he believed the creation of the rooms would take some time, given the city’s financial woes. He voiced hopes that some of the rooms would be financed by corporate sponsors, such as Pampers.

“It’s a no-brainer and we should move as quickly and humanly possible on it,” added Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents coastal neighborhoods stretching from Westchester to Pacific Palisades.

Backers of the proposal said it would cut down on absenteeism by city employees who are new mothers. Cardenas, who represents a portion of the San Fernando Valley, said the study sought by the council would determine how many city buildings have 250 occupants.

-- David Zahniser
 
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What hogwash. Maybe next the city clowncil can waste more of their time and our tax dollars by ordering a study to choose a new color for fire hydrants. Yellow is so "old school".

When was the last time the council did any REAL work for the legal citizens of our crumbling, debt and crime-ridden city?

I agree, with what's going on in our state and country, there worried about how much it would be to create a room for breastfeeding moms. Although I think there should be something like that, now is not the time to make it a priority. I believe when a new idea is proposed, it's some lawmaker or politician who knows they will make money off it, that's why they so stupidly peruse it. Good Idea, but not right now. Make it a priority for punish coruption, creat jobs, stop the greedy to become more greedy, and give the "POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE", cause we lost it with Regan.

So dumb. How about, if you want to breast feed in public, go for it. Done.

the dumbos are at it again. the city is BROKE and they want to throw money away on this dumb idea, it has not been a problem why make it one. the d arses have NOTHING better to do than think up these moronic ideas. let the "mothers" feed their children at the same place they fed them previously. throw ALL of these bums out. NOW.

Really? They don't have ANYTHING more important to work on? This city has become an embarrassment.

What a great resource for working mothers! That's a long-term investment in health for the child, and productivity for the mother.

And yes, it's true that in the state of California, women can legally breastfeed anywhere. But maybe if they were never harassed for doing so, there wouldn't be demand for nursing lounges.

Having special rooms to breastfeed isn't really a necessity, but having places for nursing employees to pump milk is a must, so I suspect the wording here is misleading. All a pumping room needs is a lock on the door, a place to sit, an electrical outlet, and preferably, a small fridge. It's not a major investment, especially when it's an incentive for employees to return to work after maternity leave. Babies who are not breastfed tend to become ill more often, leading to more doctor visits billed to insurance, and more sick days used by their parents. Business-wise, encouraging mothers to breastfeed is a smart move.

Tony Cardenas, wasted our Tax dollars to bring that to the floor,and 12 more nuts went for it. The city is in a mess, and they are talking about breast feeding. He is just one of Mayor Antonio's stupid friends. When do they any work for the legal citizens? He wants people to think it is for everyone. He can pay for it out of his pocket, since he thinks it is so important. Women stay at home to breast feed their babies? Times have really changed thanks to people like him.

Are these women going to be bringing their babies to work. If these women will be bringing their babies to work then they will not be working? They can take a leave without pay, and that will help the budget.

Sounds like a whole lot more enabling going on here. let's see: 'city buildings'. that would mean all social services buildings where mothers fill the waiting rooms to get taxpayer funded 'entitlements' for the families they can't afford. This is absurd. Let the extended families take care of the kids while she's gone.

I think this is a really stupid idea at a time when money is desperately needed for far more important things, like California public schools, currently among the worst in the nation.

Since when do people need a special room to breast-feed?

I breastfed four children for 8 months each and never once had to show my breasts to do so. It's very easy to be modest while breastfeeding and any woman who cares enough to breastfeed her child can easily figure it out.


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