Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act
By Hawkins S, Dow-Fleisner S, Noble A
Mothers who receive or qualify for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program or have lower income are less likely to start and continue breastfeeding than their more advantaged counterparts. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers to provide break time and space to express breast milk and requires insurance companies to cover breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling at no cost to mothers. This ACA benefit does not extend to all Medicaid recipients or women in the WIC program. Legislative and regulatory efforts are needed to provide comprehensive coverage for all women and reduce disparities in breastfeeding.
November 15, 2017
Hawkins S, Dow-Fleisner S, Noble A (2015) 'Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act'. Pediatric Clinics Of North America: Vol. 62, Issue 5, pp. 1071-1091. Available online: https://www.pediatric.theclinics.com/article/S0031-3955(15)00074-7/abstract