Florida Breastfeeding Laws

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Florida Statutes

Title XXIX, CHapter 383 - Public Health - Maternal and Infant Health Care - 383.015 Breastfeeding.—The breastfeeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values, and in furtherance of this goal:

(1) A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

(2) A facility lawfully providing maternity services or newborn infant care may use the designation “baby-friendly” if it establishes a breastfeeding policy in accordance with s. 383.016.

History.—s. 1, ch. 93-4; s. 2, ch. 94-217.

Federal Breastfeeding Laws

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Federal Law

The Federal law requires employers 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 the employee needs to express the milk (Section 7 of the FLSA). Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.

Check out the Office of Women's Health to learn more about your rights as an employee.

f you are an employer and would like to learn more about providing an optimal space and time for nursing mothers check out the Business Case for Breastfeeding.