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Existing Legislation

Federal Legislation

Right to Breastfeed on Federal Property

On May 18, 1999, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduce the Right to Breastfeed Act (H.R. 1848). Although it did not pass independently, a version was included in both the Treasury-Postal and Interior Appropriations bills. It was enacted as part of the Treasury-Postal Appropriations bill (H.R. 2490), Public Law 106-58, signed September 29, 1999. Section 647 states: "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."

Workplace Support

Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform), amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), or federal wage and hour law. The amendment requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom place for nursing mothers to express breast milk during the workday, for one year after the child’s birth. The new requirements became effective when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Visit the "Workplace Support in Federal Law" page to learn more.

State Legislation

The National Conference of State Legislatures provides compiled listings of breastfeeding-related state legislation.

Mothering magazine publishes several resources on breastfeeding laws:

The USBC has published the following analyses of state breastfeeding legislation: