The Legal Limit

Breastfeeding in Public Laws (USA)

Breastfeeding Laws Around the World

Maternity Leave

National Reports

Policies & Strategies

Position Statements

Pumping Laws

Workplace Laws


 Breastfeeding in Public Laws (USA)

“Two U.S. states do not protect a mother’s right to nurse her child in public:  WVa and ID. Three additional states only exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws: WY, SD, MI. ” – Nursing Freedom


American breastfeeding laws – listed by state

Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights – New York State Senate, passed in 2009

Extended Breastfeeding and the Law” – Elizabeth N. Baldwin

U.S. Topless Laws – listed by state


Breastfeeding Law (follow on Twitter and Like on Facebook)

Nursing Freedom – organization with action center and other resources

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Breastfeeding Laws Around the World

Air Force Diversity Handbook:  Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers in Air Force – Royal Australian Air Force

Breastfeeding is mandated by law – United Arab Emirates

Canadian breastfeeding rights

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Maternity Leave Laws

“Increasing the leave duration to ease lactation and attachment is an investment in health and wellness of new families, and not an expense.” — Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D.



Breastfeeding: Impact on Health, Employment and Society from the US Congressional Research Service

Maternity, paternity & adoption leave in the U.S. (2011)

  • USA is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t mandate paid family leave


Comparison of maternity leave legislation in 167 countries – International Labour Organization

Maximum family leave in weeks (OECD, 2011):

  • 156 Finland
  • 70 Sweden
  • 65 United Kingdom
  • 58 Japan
  • 56 New Zealand
  • 52 Canada
  • 21 Romania
  • 12 USA/Mexico


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National Reports

Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration at 4 Weeks – PRAMS data, Centers for Disease Control

HealthStyles Survey – Breastfeeding Practices (2012) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Infant and Young Child Feeding Data by country – World Health Organization

National Breastfeeding Report Card 2013 (USA) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Policies & Strategies

Acceptable Medical Reasons for Use of Breast-Milk Substitutes – World Health Organization & UNICEF

Breaking the barriers to breastfeeding – American Dietetic Association

Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk – American Academy of Pediatrics

Breastfeeding on the Worldwide Agenda – UNICEF

Breastfeeding policy: a globally comparative analysis – World Health Organization

Call to Action on Breastfeeding – The U.S. Surgeon General

Communication Strategy: Food for Infants – National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government

Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding – World Health Organization & UNICEF

Healthy People 2010: Objectives for Improving Health – U.S. Govermment

Healthy People 2020, National Objectives on Breastfeeding – U.S. Government

Infant Feeding Recommendations (Greenwich) – U.K. Dept. of Health

Policy on Breastfeeding and Use of Human Milk – American Association of Pediatrics

“Protection, Promotion & Support of Breastfeeding in Europe: Blueprint for Action” – EU Commission

The International Code – International Baby Food Action Network

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Position Statements

Breastfeeding (PDF statement) – Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Breastfeeding position statement (PDF) – American College of Nurse-Midwives

Family Physicians Breastfeeding – American Academy of Family Physicians

Physician Education Statement – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Position on Breastfeeding – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Position Statement on Breastfeeding – National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

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Pumping Laws

Breastpumps, Lactation Services and Coverage Provision – U.S. Affordable Care Act

Lactation Discrimination Recognized by Federal Court – Best for Babes

Tax break for U.S. mothers using breast pumps

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Workplace Laws

Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision – U.S. Dept. of Labor

Break Time for Nursing Mothers Under FLSA – U.S. Dept of Labor Fact Sheet #73

Breastfeeding Support for Mothers in Workplace Employment or Educational Settings, statement – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Business Case for Breastfeeding – program designed to educate employers

Workplace Support – U.S. Federal Law


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