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Breastfeeding in Public Fact Sheet

Federal Law

Recognizing the health benefits of breastfeeding, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) provides two major provisions to encourage nursing parents to achieve their breastfeeding goals: (1) reasonable break time to express milk and (2) health insurance benefits to defray the costs associated with providing breastmilk to infants, including coverage of breastfeeding education and supplies in non-grandfathered health insurance plans.

Section 4207 of the ACA requires employers … to provide reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom space for nursing parents to express breast milk during the workday ...

”..., a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a Federal building or on Federal property, if the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be present at the location.” – Treasury-Postal Appropriations bill. PL 106-58, Section 647.

State Law

45 states have laws specifically allowing someone to breastfeed in any public or private location.

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WV Law

WV Code §61-8-9. Indecent exposure. (a) “... That it is not considered indecent exposure for a mother to breast feed a child in any location, public or private.”

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