I had a great time at the NOVA Breastfeeding Partners Happy Hour at Fiona’s Irish Pub last night! It was great to celebrate HB 1499 being passed into law with some of the women who helped get their legislators to pass this bill with bi-partisan unanimous support in both the House and Senate.
To refresh your memory, Virginia law stated that no person may bar another from any area open to the public based upon their race, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability. This bill adds to that list by stating that a mother may breast-feed in any place where the mother is lawfully present. The purpose of this bill is pretty simple – to give mothers the ability to nourish their child wherever and whenever they may need to.