Pump And Pick Up Breastmilk Program In County Jails

Posted : 05/08/20 in In the News

Pump And Pick Up Breastmilk Program In County Jails

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REPOST: The California Breastfeeding Coalition




California Assembly Bill 2507, authored by Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer, (now California Penal Code § 4002.5) goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and requires county jails to develop and implement an infant and toddler breast milk feeding policy, also known as a “pump and pick-up” policy, for people who are lactating and detained in or sentenced to county jail. This bill was passed recognizing the importance of providing lactating people the support and structures they need to lactate, and also the importance of providing for transfer of the breast milk to their child.


To support implementation of the new law, the California Breastfeeding Coalition formed a diverse workgroup of lactation specialists, medical professionals, advocates for incarcerated parents, and others to develop tools you can use in your county to ensure the law is being implemented with the consideration of best practices.


Toolkit in Development

-Template Outreach Letter (available for download to get started on the implementation of AB 2507 in your county. This is an email template that you can use to outreach to the County Counsel or to the County Sheriff's Department.

-Model policy and addresses carceral and medical staff

-Procedures for implementation

-Sample program intake form

----Educational documents for carceral and medical staff

----Sample communications/letter/memo

----Training documents 

-Educational documents for hospital staff 

-Educational documents for incarcerated folks

----Know Your Rights poster

----Know Your Rights resource

----Notice of rights to be posted in facilities


To read the full webpage and view a webinar meeting on the new law: http://californiabreastfeeding.org/focus-areas/pump-and-pick-up-in-jail/