A bill that would allow women to breast feed in public received a public hearing Monday at the state Capitol. Forty states allow women to breast feed in public. State Representative Sandy Pasch calls the fact that Wisconsin doesn't "appalling," and notes that allowing them to do so will cost the state nothing. "If we look down the road, it will probably save the state money," says Pasch. "Children who are breast fed are healthier."
Jennifer Johnson is a lactation specialist from Green Bay. She says moms can't always feed their infants in privacy. "I personally don't eat on a schedule, and I don't believe anyone else does," says Johnson. Legislation from Pasch and state Senator Fred Risser is in response to complaints from some moms that they've been kicked out of public locations for breast feeding. It's similar to legislation Risser proposed in the previous session of the legislature.