Federal Breastfeeding Law - Affordable Care Act

This resource provides the full text of the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law. It
includes FAQʼs regarding a breastfeeding parents rights.

Effective March 23, 2010, this federal law requires employers to provide break
time and a place for hourly paid workers to express breast milk at work. The law
states that employers must provide a "reasonable" amount of time and that they
must provide a private space other than a bathroom. They are required to provide
this until the employee's baby turns one year old.


Breastfeeding Laws by State

This resource gives information on breastfeeding laws on a state-by-state basis.
On March 30, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Among many provisions, Section 4207 of the law amends the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 (29 U.S. Code 207) to require an employer to
provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her
nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has
need to express milk.


The WHO Code

Information on the World Health Organizationʼs International Code of Marketing Breastmilk

The World Health Assembly adopted the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk
Substitutes in 1981 to protect and promote breastfeeding, through the
provision of adequate information on appropriate infant feeding and the
regulation of the marketing of breast-milk substitutes, bottles and teats. In
subsequent years additional resolutions have further defined and strengthened
the Code.


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
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