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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
USE OF A BREAST PUMP IN THE WORKPLACE:  NMSA 1978, Section 28-20-2 (amended 2007) requires employers to provide flexible break time, and a clean, private space, not a bathroom, in order to foster the ability of a nursing mother who is an employee to use a breast pump in the workplace. Print Use of Breastpump in the Workplace card here: English | Spanish

Contact the Task Force to request License to Breastfeed Cards or Use of a Breastpump in the Workplace Cards.

Legal Issue Support

The ACLU is a valuable resource for legal assistance with breastfeeding discrimination complaints.  The ACLU complaint form can be located here.

The University of New Mexico School of Law Clinical Law Program is nationally recognized and sponsors The Medical Legal Alliance.  The Medical Legal Alliance is a program dedicated to "meeting the non-biological health care needs of children."   The program furnishes legal representation to children/families where the health of the child is impacted by extenuating legal issues.  Professors April Land and Mike Norwood are in charge of the Alliance and have indicated an interest in addressing legal issues that might be raised by New Mexico's Breastfeeding Laws.  If you have encountered problems with businesses or employers, the Task Force encourages you to call Victoria at 505-277-0903 at the clinic.


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