Breastfeeding bill brings talk of ‘milking’, babies in coal mines

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal to require businesses to accommodate breastfeeding mothers at work has passed the Utah Senate despite concerns from one lawmaker who wondered if it would lead to babies in coal mines.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that another lawmaker compared pumping to milking on Tuesday.

The idea is sponsored by Republican Todd Weiler, a senator from Woods Cross who says 16 other states have similar the protections.

He told Republican Sen. David Hinkins of Orangeville that the plan would grant reasonable requests like extra breaks, and would not allow workers to feed babies in coal mines.

Weiler explained that babies don’t have to be present because women can pump for later. Republican Sen. Scott Jenkins from Plain City said he and his wife called that process milking.

The bill passed the Senate 18-9.