I happened upon this compilation of breastfeeding laws by state and current as of June 2009 on Nursing Freedom’s site today. Check it out and see what the laws protecting you are where you live. I’m proud of Georgia’s laws (the first one below in particular — the “may” language in the second isn’t very helpful) and will be keeping a copy of them in my diaper bag should I ever need to make someone aware of them once the baby comes. Wow, and upon exploring their site further I just found that they sell laminated, state-specific cards for breastfeeding moms. I may just pick up one of those!
Ga. Code Ann. § 31-1-9 (Lexis 2009) provides that the breastfeeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be.
Ga. Code Ann. § 34-1-6 (Lexis 2009) permits employers to provide reasonable, unpaid break time for employees to express breast milk and provides that employers may make reasonable efforts to provide a private location other than a toilet stall for an employee to express milk.
I am a pretty shy person in ways and will likely be pretty modest about breastfeeding in public, but I support a mom and baby’s right to nurse whenever and wherever they need to, and with whatever form of cover-up or NOT that they choose. (This is the cover up that, for now, I have chosen.) In my opinion, there is nothing lewd about public breastfeeding. We (myself included) have sexualized the breast and nipple because we’ve never or rarely been exposed to them in instances not related to sex. Well guess what? The breast’s number one purpose is to feed our babies.