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Federal Legislation to Protect Breastfeeding Travelers

Airports are just one of many public places where breastfeeding people face challenges. However, there is federal legislation that protects breastfeeding air travelers. 

Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening (BABES) Act

The BABES Act requires the Transportation Security Administration to provide ongoing training to ensure its officers consistently enforce TSA Special Procedures related to breast milk, formula, and infant feeding equipment. This legislation was signed into law in 2016. 


Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act

The FAM Act requires all large and medium hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom lactation space in each terminal building.* The Act also requires airports to provide a baby changing table in one men's and one women's restroom in each terminal. This legislation was signed into law in 2018 and the requirements go into effect in 2021. 


Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Improvement Act

New! The FAM Improvement Act extends the FAM Act's requirements to small hub airports. This legislation was signed into law in 2020 and the requirements go into effect in 2023. 


*The lactation space must be accessible to persons with disabilities, available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, and include a place to sit, a table or other flat surface, and an electrical outlet. The bill also makes grants available to airports to help them make these critical renovations. 

Helpful Links for Breastfeeding Travelers

Congressional History & Advocacy Efforts

USBC, the breastfeeding field, and members of Congress have worked to address barriers to breastfeeding success in airports. 

116th Congressional Session

115th Congressional Session 114th Congressional Session

Federal Legislation


FAM Act 2017:

FAM Act 2015:


  • House
  • Senate
  • The BABES Act is the first standalone breastfeeding bill to be passed into federal law!
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