Breastfeeding Rights

Breastfeeding and expressing milk is protected under state and federal law.

Pumping at work


The federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers law requires employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to provide basic accommodations for breastfeeding mothers at work. These accommodations include time for women to express milk and a private space that is not a bathroom each time they need to pump.

States that have laws about breast milk expression at work can offer more, but never less, protection for employees than the federal law.

Breastfeeding in public

All 50 states have laws that protect babies breastfeeding wherever a mom and baby are otherwise allowed to be- a.k.a. in public.  That means that no one has a right to ask a mom to leave, stop breastfeeding, cover up, or go to another location, like a restroom, to breastfeed.

To find your state's law, go to

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