But nursing mothers will not be allowed to use their tax-sheltered health care accounts to pay for breast pumps and other supplies.
That is because the Internal Revenue Service has ruled that breast-feeding does not have enough health benefits to qualify as a form of medical care.
In some respects, the biggest roadblock for mothers’ groups and advocates of breast-feeding is one of their central arguments: nursing a child is beneficial because it is natural.
In all honesty, I'm amazed that breastfeeding (nursing) babies is as common as it is in the United States, because there is no mandatory maternity leave, paid or not. Some employers do offer maternity leave, but it's not a legal requirement. Israel now gives fourteen weeks to new mothers, so they can stay home with their babies, breastfeed them and physically and emotionally recover. My daughter told me that she gets full salary and the right to extend it according to how long she has been working at the same place.
Compare this to the "good deal" my friend's American daughter gets where she teaches, six weeks of half-salary and no extension option. Apparently, this is considered an unusually pro-birth place of work.
What do American women do? How do they manage? How long do women take off after giving birth?
I know that many European countries give maternity leave packages which are even better than Israel's.
The lobbyist shouldn't stress the "natural;" they should have just stressed all the health advantages.