By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow breastfeeding mothers to be excused from jury duty for up to two years.
The Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women says only one in five children in Hawaii gets the minimum amount of breastfeeding recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They say it can be difficult for mothers to figure out how to feed their infants while on jury duty.
Health professionals say breastfeeding benefits both mothers and babies. They say infants who are exclusively breastfed tend to need fewer prescriptions and trips to the doctor than infants who were never breastfed.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 17 states and Puerto Rico exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty or allow jury service to be postponed.