Paid Family Leave
It goes without saying that breastfeeding is facilitated by mother-infant proximity, yet 70% of mothers with children work full-time, and women with children under three are the fastest growing segment of the US workforce. Economic necessity means many mothers to return to work, and maternity leaves are increasingly short.
Paid family leave legislation has passed in Washington, New Jersey and California, and exists in many other parts of the world. It allows families to stay close together in the formative early weeks of life. It serves the physical, emotional and psychological health of the family, with a positive net-effect for the society as a whole.
Paid Family Leave legislation efforts came close to passing in Oregon in 2007 and 2009, but failed to pass. Family Forward Oregon is a dynamic, politically-dynamic group that is keeping this and related measures, like paid sick leave, on the forefront.