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State Breastfeeding Laws

What are your State’s Breastfeeding Laws? This May Surprise You…

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.

Breastfeeding Laws by State

Know your state’s breastfeeding laws in the United States


Additionally, there are several states that have unique laws regarding breastfeeding.  Some of these states and their laws are as follows:

  1. Virginia – Women are allowed to breastfeed on any land or property owned by the state.
  2. Louisiana – All child care facilities are prohibited from discriminating against breastfed babies.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. CaliforniaNew York and Texas – They all have laws related to the procurement, processing, distribution or use of human milk.
  7. 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.






7 Tips For Selecting The Perfect Daycare

Tips For Selecting The Perfect Daycare From One Mom To Another

To select the right daycare, you must first decide which type of care you want. Although each category has several subdivisions, your choice comes down to two principle options, each with its own pros and cons: daycare centers and in-home daycare. If you evaluate in-home daycare against daycare centers, you may be mixing apples and oranges. Therefore, decide on a daycare type before you evaluate particular facilities.

After you choose the daycare type, begin considering local providers. Here are some tried and true ways to objectively test each daycare facility.

1. Research your options. You wouldn’t have your hair cut by a complete stranger. Instead, you would ask friends and coworkers for references. Finding the right daycare facility begins the same way. Ask around and find out what parents like and do not like about various providers. Once you have a list, look for membership in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or theNational Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Membership in these groups is not must, but it helps. Finally, ask for references, and then call them.

2. Evaluate ratios. For babies, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a ratio of one adult to three infants. However, this ratio may not be adequate if toddlers are frequently in the baby room, demanding time and attention from caregivers. In the same way, one special-needs infant may require a personal caregiver. Check the ratio, but then check the reality.

babies_holding_hands3. Look for interaction. More than food, water and shelter, your child needs love to grow and thrive. Look around and see if caregivers are interacting with the children. Are they on the floor playing? Are children in their laps being read to? Or are caregivers detached, watching the children rather than engaging with them.

4. Determine if your parenting philosophy meshes with the facility’s policies. Everyone has opinions about nap times, food choices, television, and discipline. If your provider’s philosophy does not mirror your own, this could be a problem. While you may feel flexible about one issue, such as maintaining a schedule, you may be completely inflexible about another, such as discipline. Therefore, examine both the provider’s policies and your personal flexibility.

5. Find turnover statistics. Children thrive on stability and love. If a caregiver the children trust suddenly leaves, this could cause mental strain. Find out what causes turnover or, conversely, why retention is so high.

6. Arrive unannounced. Nothing provides real-world information like a few surprise visits. Do not be intimidated. You are deciding which facility will care for your child.

7. Listen to your intuition. If your gut tells you that something is “off,” then seriously consider why. Even if the provider is highly recommended, this facility may not be the right place for your child.

After completing these steps, you should be pleased with the daycare facility you chose. However, if the provider does not measure up, it is okay to begin again. While change is difficult, keeping your child with the very best provider is extremely important.

Choosing the right daycare provider is one of the most important decisions you will make. So do some research, make some phone calls, and listen to your intuition. You will feel confident when you know you have chosen the very best caregivers for your child.

Trudy enjoys studying early childhood development psychology. She works at The Growing Tree Academy where she provides parents with tips on how they can raise healthy, happy children.

Mom multitasking with baby

5 Great Apps for Multitasking Parents

As a parent, it is very easy to become overwhelmed.  It seems that we are multitasking with everything that we do!  And as humanity continues to progress (or regress…depending on how you see it), we are faced with more obstacles in our day, due to many advancements in technology.  One piece of technology that is essential to dealing with our day-to-day runarounds, is the trusty smart phone.  Now, if the question, “What’s the best nursing cover?” comes across my mind while dropping the kids off at school, I can whip out my phone and Google it, look at reviews, and ask multiple friends in a matter of minutes.

With the development of applications for smart devices, productivity has hit a new high for tech savvy parents.  There are apps like, “CollegeSave,” allowing you to track and plan your child’s college fund, and “RedLaser,” giving you the ability to scan products in the store and do some comparison shopping on the go.  Below are 5 applications that have made our lives a lot easier when it come to multitasking with the family.

1.  CollegeSave ($2.99) -

Does: Helps you plan for your child’s academic future.  It uses your lump sum and monthly savings plan to calculate the future value of your savings, and estimates the future cost of college for your young ones.

Parental benefit:  Helps you see what current actions need to be taken to create your desired plan for your child’s academic future.


2.  RedLaser (Free) -

Does: Scans barcodes to give you comparative pricing online and nearby.

Parental benefit:  If you love finding the best deal, this app will let you know where to get the best deal if you aren’t currently.


3.  Find my iPhone/iPad (Free)

Does:  This is an Apple app that allows you to locate your lost device on a map and gives you the option to lock it, wipe it, or make a sound, as long as it is on and connected to the internet.

Parental benefit:  You give your little one your device to watch Dora and it magically vanishes into thin air… Now you can just go onto your computer or another apple device and locate exactly where it is at in the house and make it sound off for you to find it!


4.  Mint (Free)

Does: One app that connects your various bank accounts, loans, mortgage, 401k, stocks, and more…all in one spot.

Parental benefit:  Great for creating a budget and keeping track of exactly what and how much you are spending on things.  Now when you set a budget for groceries, you will actually be notified when you are approaching your limit or have gone over.


5.  Netflix (Free – streaming subscription required)

Does: Allows streaming of movies and shows of a monthly fee of about $8.

Parental benefit:  Your best friend when you are shopping with the kids and you need to ask your sales person some questions, or if you want a relatively quiet car ride with the kids.

 *all apps listed are available on the Apple app store and may have versions available for other mobile operating systems like Android & Windows


Do you use any of these applications?  What are some of your favorite apps that we didn’t mention.  How has technology positively affected your family life?