Supporting Mother's Rights to Breastfeed and Pump in Public

Supporting the Right to Breastfeed and Pump in Public

What is the best way to support a mom whose rights to pump or breastfeed in public are violated?  In an ideal setting, mom 'educates' her employer about her legally protected rights.  Perhaps together they develop policies to ensure future employee protection, establish an on-site lactation room, facilitate staff development training, etc.   Should a mom feel comfortable in doing so, the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force can help her by …

Breastfeeding and the Law

New Mexico State Laws

BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC PLACES:  NMSA 1978, Section 28-20-1 (1999) makes it legal for a mother to "breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present." Print License to Breastfeed here: English | Spanish

Executive Summary - Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

This resource identifies ways that families, communities, employers, and health care
professionals can increase support for breastfeeding and improve breastfeeding rates.
The call to Action also documents disparities in breastfeeding practices. The website
provides information on the Itʼs Only Natural campaign which was developed to
help African-American women and families understand the health benefits of
breastfeeding—not just for babies, but for moms too.


Breastfeeding Statistics

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force is very interested in publicizing and, when possible, gathering statistics relevant to breastfeeding, especially in our state.  Unfortunately for many years, the major source for national breastfeeding statistics has been Ross Laboratories.

KOB Interview on Breastfeeding in the Workplace

On Feb 13, 2014, KOB4 interviewed NMBTF Coordinator, Cindy Chavez about the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research Survey that will be administered in March 2014 asking 20,000 NM employers and private business what they know about New Mexico

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