06/15/2005: The Law Steps In...
Apropos of my earlier post on Illinois protections for breast-feeding mothers is this Chicago Tribune follow up States offer varying protections for breast-feeding moms by Alison Neumer.
"Barbara Walters isn't the only one who freaks out around women who breast-feed--recently, the TV host said she felt "very nervous" sitting next to a nursing mother on a plane--but that's where the law steps in.
Two-thirds of all states provide some type of protection for mothers who breast-feed in public. In Illinois, women have the right to breast-feed their children in any public or private location. So there, Babs.
But nursing moms planning to travel this summer, beware: Not all our neighbors are quite as chill. Some states provide only minimal protection, such as exemption from public indecency laws.
For a full state-by-state index of breast-feeding laws, check out National Conference of State Legislatures, ncsl.org, or La Leche League International, lalecheleague.org.
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YEAR PASSED: 2004
LAW SAYS: A mother may breast-feed her infant in any public or private location where she is legally permitted to be.
A 2001 statute requires employers to provide unpaid break time for mothers who need to express milk. Employers also must make an effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, where a woman may express milk.
YEAR PASSED: 2003
LAW SAYS: A woman may breast-feed anywhere she is legally permitted to be.
YEAR PASSED: 1994
LAW SAYS: Women breast-feeding their infants are exempt from public nudity laws.
YEAR PASSED: 1995
LAW SAYS: Breast-feeding mothers are exempt from indecency laws."
Karen on 06.15.05 @ 01:55 PM CST