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

January 20, 2010 | 12:26 pm
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