It may be the 21st century but there's still a lot of confusion, misunderstanding, and stigma around breastfeeding in public. Yeah, we don't get it either. But we do get that when you're a busy mama on the go, you don't have extra time to read up on your breastfeeding rights.
But trust us, you have rights. So we've put together a quick cheat-sheet to save you time so you can get back to what matters most, like breastfeeding your baby or finding a clean and quiet place to plug in your breast pump.
1) You have breastfeeding rights at work.
Workplaces are legally required to provide breastfeeding employees time and space to pump.
In 2010 Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act was amended to require employers to provide a nursing mother reasonable break time to express breast milk for one year after the birth of her child. Employers are also legally required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, for an employee to express breast milk. (29 U.S.C. § 207)
2) You have breastfeeding rights in every state. Except Idaho.
Forty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands have laws that protect a woman's right to breastfeed in any public or private location. Idaho stands out for their lack of protections: except for exempting breastfeeding moms from jury duty.
3) You have breastfeeding rights in Federal Buildings.
You have the right to breastfeed in any Federal building, in any state. As attorney Jake Marcus writes: "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a Federal building or on Federal property, if the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be present at the location."
We're working hard to support a mama's right to breastfeed wherever and however she chooses. We believe that breastfeeding rights need to be protected and enhanced.
If you're a mama on the go be sure to download our free mobile app so that you never have to pump in a public bathroom again.