A Woman Breastfeeding her Child at the Airport
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All major U.S. airports are now legally required to provide lactation rooms for travelers who are breastfeeding.

The Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act went into effect earlier this month as part of the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2018.

The FAM Act mandates that all large- and medium-sized airports are now required to provide a private space in each terminal expressly for lactation, be it breastfeeding or pumping. The space must have a door that can lock, be accessible to people with disabilities, and include seating, a table, and at least one electrical outlet.

“No one likes flight delays but for people who are lactating, extra time in the airport can mean finding a place to express milk or risking a dwindling milk supply or even infection,” Mona Liza Hamlin, chair of the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, said in a statement. “We look forward to building on this momentum and continuing to support breastfeeding people and families in all places and spaces.”

Previously, travelers who were lactating were often forced to express milk in public toilet stalls.

The act is the latest of the government’s mission to make airports more understanding places for travelers who are breastfeeding. Last year, Congress passed the BABES Act, which required the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to educate officers about the equipment associated with breastfeeding and infant feeding that travelers may need to transport across airport security checkpoints.