The first part recognizes that breastfeeding
is good for mother and baby. The second part says you have the right to breastfeed your baby wherever you have a right to be. That means at the park, in the mall, at the grocery store, at a restaurant, in a movie theater – any public place. No one would deny a baby a bottle when he is hungry, and they can’t deny him a breast, either. Breastmilk is your baby’s food, and your baby has a right to eat wherever you are.
If you’re concerned, you can print out the handy card on the right and put it in your wallet or diaper bag. Then, if anyone ever asks you about breastfeeding in public, you’ll have the official law easily available to show them.
The legislature finds that breastfeeding a baby is an important and basic act of nurture that must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values. In compliance with the breastfeeding promotion program established under the federal Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. Section 1771 et seq.), the legislature recognizes breastfeeding as the best method of
A mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location in which the mother
is authorized to be.
Employers are now required to provide breastfeeding employees:
- Reasonable break time to express breastmilk for 1 year after a child's birth each time a nursing mother has a need to express breastmilk.
- An accessible, private place, other than a bathroom, that may be used to express breastmilk.
More information about the law is available http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/
or by calling 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243).