Breastfeeding in Public Becomes Legal in All 50 States

Finally all the 50 states in the United States have welcomed breastfeeding in public, giving it a legal stand. Laws are already in place in Australia, U.K., and several other countries to protect nursing mothers, whereas the U.S. took a pretty long time for this. The reason behind this may be attributed to the fact that a lesser number of state legislators in the U.S. are women, and even lesser might be having nursing infants while in office. Some are of the opinion that uncovering in public might result in indecency.

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Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, the first sitting U.S. senator to give birth, took the initiative to help new parent senators from missing their voting right. She voted to allow the babies less than a year old, onto the chamber floor because senators are bound to be present to cast their votes.

Utah and Idaho were the last two states to legalize public nursing in the U.S. Idaho, despite having 1,400 petitioned signatures, had not passed any resolution in relation to breastfeeding. However, most recently, Utah and Idaho also waived off public indecency charges and fines that were levied by police on breastfeeding moms.

Paul Amador, republican state representative and a father of five month old introduced a bill in Idaho in March, which came into effect recently. He had expressed his disappointment in the Idaho statesman newspaper for not giving protection to the nursing mothers by the state laws.

New Jersey expanded the rights of nursing mothers from discrimination at work. Beginning in 2019, many state buildings will make space for nursing mothers help breastfeed their infants. President Donald Trump tweeted his support for breastfeeding mothers and infant formula as just an option because of malnutrition and poverty.

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