The World Health Organization (WHO) promotes exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life as the healthiest way to feed and nurture both babies and mothers. Breastfeeding laws vary from state to state or US territory, depending on the moral/legal norms of each one.
The laws in your state or territory may consider breastfeeding normal and important, and give nursing mothers as much support as possible.
Or breastfeeding could be considered indecent, in which case support for nursing mothers and babies is limited and public breastfeeding is discouraged.
Some require that workplaces accommodate the needs of nursing moms to have private places to pump and store breastmilk; some even promote businesses giving breastfeeding moms a place to actually nurse their babies during the workday.
Some states or territories give nursing mothers exemptions from public service like serving on juries. Some require active public service campaigns in support of breastfeeding, and some don’t.
Knowing the breastfeeding laws in your state will help you design your approach to managing nursing in your workplace, in public, or to your response to requests for civil service like jury duty.
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Published: July 31, 2017 | By SP Turgon, Certified Labor Doula | Reviewed by: The Best Ever Baby Expert Team | Last reviewed: July, 2017