This story was revised from the print version published April 27.
By Tom Eastman
CONWAY — Although the battle for passing legislation to protect women's rights to breast-feed in public is far from over, breast-feeding advocate Kate Frederick of Intervale is heartened by two recent developments.
The first was a vote by the North Conway Community Center board of directors earlier this month to offer one of the center's office rooms as a private lactation room.
"This means that visitors or people working in the village will have a safe place to come and nurse their babies," said Frederick.
The second development was the Workplace Breastfeeding Accommodations bill that made its way through the New Hampshire House and Senate.
That bill — SB 488, an "act establishing an advisory council on lactation" — was passed by the full Senate in March and the full House in April. Next the Senate will most likely concur with the House amendment and is anticipated to go to Gov. Hassan to be signed into law.
The amendment would create a lactation advisory council to work on legislation and policy.
Frederick was hoping for more in terms of protecting breast-feeding accommodations of women in the workplace — but she said, it's progress.
"The advisory council is a seed to start with. We still have a way to go, but it's better than nothing," said Frederick, the mother of a 3-year-old son.
She said the advisory council has been part of the bill for three years — all throughout, while it morphed from HB 1571 to SB 219 and to SB 488. What was amended in SB 499 was actually to leave in the advisory council and remove everything else, she said.
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