Have you ever wondered what the breastfeeding laws were from state to state here in the U.S. as of 2013 (December 2013, to be exact)? We were curious too. So we decided to research that question a little and put our results together in an infographic to share with you.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below…especially if you live in a state where the laws may have changed, or if we missed an important law related to breastfeeding in your state.
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Info provided by National Conference of State Legislatures
State Breastfeeding Laws:
Map 1 note: Light purple doesn’t necessarily mean that it is against the law to breastfeed in public, there just isn’t a law in place that specifically states that breastfeeding in public is legal/illegal.
Additionally, there are several states that have unique laws regarding breastfeeding. Some of these states and their laws are as follows:
- Virginia – Women are allowed to breastfeed on any land or property owned by the state.
- Louisiana – All child care facilities are prohibited from discriminating against breastfed babies.
- Mississippi - Requires licensed child care facilities to provide breastfeeding mothers with a sanitary place (not a toilet stall) to breastfeed their children or express milk. Also, they must provide a refrigerator for storing expressed milk with a staff trained to properly and safely store and handle human milk. Each facility must display breastfeeding promotion information to their clients.
- California - The Department of Public Health is required to develop a training course of hospital policies and recommendations promoting exclusive breastfeeding and specifying staff for whom this training is appropriate.
- Maryland - Tangible personal property that is manufactured for the purpose of initiating, supporting, or sustaining breastfeeding is exempt from the state’s sales and use tax.
- California, New York and Texas – They all have laws related to the procurement, processing, distribution or use of human milk.
- New York - Created a Breastfeeding Mothers Bill of Rights that is required to be posted in maternal health care facilities. New York also created a law that allows a child under 1 year of age to accompany their mother to a correctional facility, if the mother is breastfeeding at the time she is committed.