Breastfeeding bill stalled in Michigan Legislature - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Breastfeeding bill stalled in Michigan Legislature

MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A battle heating up in Lansing is raising questions about a mother's right to breastfeed her baby in public.

Michigan is one of five states in the country that doesn't protect that right for nursing moms, and now there's a bill under consideration that would change that. The bill was introduced in December.

"Breastfeeding is a natural thing and I don't think you should have to feel embarrassed or discriminated against when you're feeding your child," said Jennifer Stoll, a mother.

Stoll said she supports a measure to allow Michigan mothers to breastfeed in public.

"Babies deserve to eat too and you shouldn't have to hide it up and some restaurants make you go into the bathroom to do it which is disgusting. I wouldn't eat in a bathroom and I don't think babies should have to either," Stoll said.

Almost every state in the country has a law that allows public breastfeeding. Advocates said it's time Michigan got on board.

Barb Jammer with the Michigan Breastfeeding Network said the bill would prevent discrimination in public against breastfeeding women.

She said breastfeeding offers many health benefits and mothers should feel comfortable feeding their babies in any restaurant or retail store. 

Michigan's breastfeeding bill has passed in the state Senate, but for the past five months it's been on hold in the House Judiciary Committee.

Jammer said she understands lawmakers still have questions about how the bill could impact businesses, but she said her organization is doing all they can to help legislators realize this law is necessary for mothers in our state.

"It's about education and we certainly have support throughout the Legislature, both men and women. So I think it's just bringing attention to this issue and let's get this done," Jammer said.

House Judiciary Chairman Kevin Cotter released a statement that said he believes it is important to preserve the ability to breastfeed wherever a mother sees fit.

Copyright 2014 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

    Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:21 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:21:59 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 12:54 PM EDT2018-05-21 16:54:05 GMT
    The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. (Source: Supremecourt.gov)The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. (Source: Supremecourt.gov)

    A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

    More >>

    A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

    More >>
  • Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:51:49 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-05-21 16:53:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    More >>

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    More >>
  • US issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

    US issues steep list of demands for nuclear treaty with Iran

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:52:00 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-05-21 16:53:39 GMT
    fasfdafasfda

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration's strategy for constraining Iran's nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump's withdrawal...

    More >>

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is laying out the Trump administration's strategy for constraining Iran's nuclear program and opposing its other behavior in the region following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="search-box"> <div class="wnSearchBox" id="WNSearchBox-bottom"><form method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this,0)" action="/Global/searchresults.asp"><span>Can't Find Something? </span><input type="text" class="wnQueryText" name="qu" size="20" value="" placeholder="Search For It Here"><input type="submit" class="wnSubmit" value="Search"></form></div> </div> <div class="station-info"> <div class="logo"><img src="http://WSFA.images.worldnow.com/images/8801796_G.png" width="152" height="152" border="0" /></div> <div class="contact"> <div>12 East Delano Avenue<br>Montgomery, AL 36105</div> <div>(334) 288-1212</div> </div> <div class="fcc"> <div><a href="/link/579351/wsfa-public-file">FCC Public File</a></div> <a href="mailto:publicfile@wsfa.com">publicfile@wsfa.com</a> <div>(334) 613-8256</div> <a href="/link/418389/eeo-public-file">EEO Report</a> <a href="/link/723956/closed-captioning">Closed Captioning</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <!--<li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li>--> </ul> </div> <div class="news-link"> <ul class="link-group"> <li><a href="http://www.ktre.com/category/241993/texas-news-now">Texas News Now</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/8774923/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>, and <a href="/story/8775106/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//www.aboutads.info/choices" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>