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2014-07-16 / News

Breastfeeding Moms Legally Protected

Being a new mother is no easy task, but those who are breastfeeding just got some help from the state in the form of a new law protecting their right to nurse a baby in public.

Under the Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act, Senate Bill 674, which was signed into law Tuesday by Governor Rick Snyder, women can now breastfeed at any business, school or other public place without fear of being arrested, kicked out or denied services.

Barbara Robertson, owner of the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, said it’s time Michigan took a stand for nursing women.

Michigan is one of the last states to pass legislation specifically allowing women to breastfeed in public. Forty-six other states already have similar laws on the books.

Michigan has a long way to go in support for mothers and families, particularly on issues such as family leave policies, flexible scheduling and childcare. However, she called this piece of legislation a good start.

Earlier this week, Michigan received a failing grade in a state-by-state analysis of policies that support working parents in a report from the National Partnership for Women and Families.

The text of SB 674 is online at legislature.mi.gov.

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