Representative Henderson Myers (SC-31) introduced the Lactation Support Act to support people who want to express breastmilk for their babies and stay in the workforce. As Rep. Henderson Myers told the Senate subcommittee, “This bill is critical to our women in South Carolina. … It’s a win-win for families. It’s a win-win for employers.”
People from across South Carolina shared their experience with expressing breastmilk at work and emphasized to legislators that a supportive workplace is key to continuing breastfeeding. Those stories moved legislators to act.
When the COVID 19 pandemic hit, the Lactation Support Act only needed third reading from the Senate and a concurrence vote in the House. Representative Henderson Myers and WREN did not stop pushing for the bill to move during the unprecedented session and that determination led to the bill becoming law.