Breast-feeding moms gathered around the country this week for “nurse-ins” in support of a Texas woman who was harassed last month while trying to discretely breast-feed her baby in a Target store.  

 

Despite laws and awareness programs, these issues continue to pop up, and it made me curious about how

breast-feeding rights are protected in every state. Here's a state-by-state listing of the laws that protect

breast-feeding around the country. 

 

How well does your state protect a mother's right to breast-feed?

 

Alabama: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any public or private location.

Alaska: Law prohibits localities from creating legislation that would prevent a woman from breast-feeding.  

Arizona: Law allows a mother to breast-feed in any public place where the mother is otherwise lawfully allowed to be.

Arkansas: Laws allow a woman to breast-feed a child in a public place or any place where other individuals are present and also requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

California: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and the child are otherwise allowed to be and requires employers to provide time and space for pumping. Also exempts breast-feeding mothers from jury duty.

Colorado: Law allows a mother to breast-feed in any place she has a right to be and includes a provision to encourage mothers to breast-feed. Also requires employers to provide time and space for pumping.  

Connecticut: Law protects mother's right to breast-feed in any public place and states that no person may restrict the right of a mother to breast-feed. Also requires employers to provide time and space for pumping.  

Delaware: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any public place where she is otherwise allowed to be.  

District of Columbia: Law protects a woman's right to breast-feed her child in any location, public or private, where she has the right to be with her child. Also requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

Florida: Law allows a mother to breast-feed in any public or private location. 

Georgia: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise allowed to be. Also requires employers to provide time and space for pumping; however the employer is not required to provide break time if it would unduly disrupt the workplace. 

Hawaii: Law states that it is a discriminatory to deny, or attempt to deny, the "full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodation of a place of public accommodations" to a woman who is breast-feeding her child.  

Idaho: No laws currently protecting the right to breast-feed in public, but one law does allow breast-feeding mothers to postpone jury duty if they can prove undue hardship.  

Illinois: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be and excuses breast-feeding mothers from jury duty. Also requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

Indiana: Law allows a woman to breast-feed her child anywhere she is otherwise allowed to be. Also requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

Iowa: Law allows a woman to breast-feed in any public place where she is otherwise authorized to be. Excuses a breast-feeding woman from jury duty.  

Kansas: Law allows women to breast-feed in any place she is authorized to be and requires public policy to support breast-feeding. Excuses a breast-feeding woman from jury duty.

Kentucky: Law allows women to breast-feed or pump in any public or private location. Excuses a breast-feeding woman from jury duty.

Louisiana: Law prohibits any child care facility from discriminating against breast-fed babies and allows a mother to breast-feed in any public place.  

Maine: Law allows a mother to breast-feed in any public or private location that she is otherwise authorized to be. Requires employers to provide time and space for breast-feeding mothers to pump.  

Maryland: Law allows women to breast-feed in any public or private place and prohibits anyone from restricting or limiting this right. 

Massachusetts: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any public place where she is otherwise allowed to be.  

Michigan: No laws currently protecting the right to breast-feed in public but law does state that public nudity laws do not apply to a woman breast-feeding a child.

Minnesota: Law allows a mother to breast-feed in any public or private location where the mother and child are authorized to be. Requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

Mississippi: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any location she is otherwise authorized to be and excuses breast-feeding mothers from jury duty. Also prohibits discrimination towards breast-feeding mothers who use lawful break time to express milk.

Missouri: Law allows a mother, with discretion, to breast-feed her child in any public or private location.

Montana: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any location she is otherwise authorized to be and requires employers to provide time and space for pumping.  

Nebraska: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any location she is otherwise authorized to be and excuses breast-feeding mothers from jury duty.

Nevada: Law provides that breast-feeding of a child in any location, public or private, is not considered a violation of indecent exposure laws.

New Hampshire: Law states that breast-feeding does not constitute indecent exposure and that limiting or restricting a mother's right to breast-feed is discriminatory.

New Jersey: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her baby in any public location where she is otherwise authorized to be.  

New Mexico: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be and requires employers to provide time and space for pumping.  

New York: Law permits a mother to breast-feed her child in any public or private location. Allows incarcerated mothers to breast-feed their babies. Requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

North Carolina: Law allows a woman to breast-feed in any public or private location.  

North Dakota: Law allows a woman to breast-feed her child in any location, public or private, where the woman and child are otherwise authorized to be. 

Ohio: Law allows a mother is to breast-feed her baby in any public location where she is otherwise permitted.  

Oklahoma: Law allows mother to breast-feed her child in any location that she is otherwise authorized to be, exempts breast-feeding mothers from jury duty and requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

Oregon: Law allows a woman to breast-feed in a public place, excuses breast-feeding mothers from jury duty, and allows women to have unpaid 30-minute breaks during each four-hour shift to breast-feed or pump. 

Pennsylvania: Law allows mothers to breast-feed in public.  

Rhode Island: Law allows women to breast-feed in any public location, and requires employers to provide reasonable time for pumping.

South Carolina: Law allows a woman to breast-feed in any location where she is otherwise authorized to be.  

South Dakota: No laws currently protecting the right to breast-feed in public but exempts mothers who are breast-feeding from indecency laws.

Tennessee: Law allows a mother to breast-feed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be and requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

Texas: Law allows a woman to breast-feed her child in any location.

Utah: Law prevents localities from inhibiting a woman's right to breast-feed in public.

Vermont: Law allows a mother may breast-feed her child in any public place where she is otherwise allowed to be and requires employers to provide reasonable time and space for pumping.  

Virginia: Law guarantees a woman the right to breast-feed her child on any state property, exempts breast-feeding mothers from jury duty and encourages employers to recognize the benefits of breast-feeding and to provide unpaid break time and space for pumping.  

Washington: Law makes it unlawful for any person to discriminate against a mother who is breast-feeding in a public place. 

West Virginia: No laws currently protecting the right to breast-feed in public

Wisconsin: Law allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. 

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