The Hospital Infant Feeding Act, the DeLeon Breastfeeding bill, and the Affordable Care Act will ensure support for a mother's choice to breastfeed before the birth of her infant and in the months afterwards. Healthcare reform provides coverage for the cost of breast pumps, important for mothers returning to work, and care by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). The following highlights legislation that has been introduced in the last several years to improve breastfeeding support in the healthcare sector.
California Senate Bill 502 - Hospital Infant Feeding Act
On October 6, 2011, California Senate Bill 502, the Hospital Infant Feeding Act was signed into law. This law, which went into effect on January 1, 2014, mandates that all acute care and specialty hospitals have a clearly posted infant feeding policy. The policy needs to be communicated to all perinatal unit staff and apply to all infants in the perinatal unit.
California Senate Bill 402 - DeLeon Breastfeeding Bill
On October 9, 2013, California Senate Bill 402, the DeLeon Breastfeeding bill, was signed into law. This bill requires that by January 1, 2025, all perinatal hospitals in California implement, the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" per USA's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, an alternative process that includes evidence-based policies and practices and targeted outcomes, or the California Department of Public Health's Model Hospital Policy Recommendations. The Hospital Infant Feeding Act covers the first of the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding."
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