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Obamacare Boosts Breast Feeding

Amber Williams has joined the ranks of working moms. Williams, whose daughter, Isabelle, is 4 months old, recently returned to her job as manager of a Spokane bank, where she takes short breaks throughout the workday to express breast milk for her daughter. Many moms like her stand to benefit from a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to cover the costs of renting or purchasing breastfeeding supplies, plus support and counseling. Williams’ insurance covered her double electric pump, which would have cost hundreds of dollars out of pocket. “It was huge,” she said. “It was a big relief and, of course, it freed up money to buy the other big things that insurance doesn’t pay for”/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (Colin Mulvany SR photo: Amber Williams, with her daughter, Isabelle, prepares her breast milk to be stored in the freezer for later feedings)

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Fired Breast-Feeding Advocate Sues

A Spokane mom and breast-feeding advocate says her former employer wrongfully terminated her after a media frenzy surrounding photos of two military moms breast-feeding in Air Force uniforms. Crystal Scott, a civilian and the program director for Mom2Mom Breast Feeding Support Group at Fairchild Air Force Base, said she was fired June 1 from her job as a mobile X-ray technician at Schryver Medical following a history of discrimination and harassment at the company. The termination occurred just weeks after she coordinated the photos, which went viral on the Web and stirred controversy at Fairchild. Scott said Schryver used her publicity as an excuse to fire her. Schryver countered that bad behavior on the job was the reason for the termination, saying Scott used company time to field media requests. Scott has filed a lawsuit/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (Colin Mulvany SR file photo: Crystal Scott, pictured with her sons Aedan, 4, and Roman, 1)

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