Breastfeeding, Legislation, Perception, Social behavior



  1. Chang, Karen BSN, RN
  2. Spatz, Diane L. PhD, RNC


Many states have recently enacted breastfeeding legislation that clarifies existing laws to protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers. Families can benefit from learning about the current breastfeeding laws in their states, as this knowledge may empower them if discriminatory situations arise. Knowledge of breastfeeding laws can create a more supportive breastfeeding environment and alleviate fears and anxiety about breastfeeding in public. Nurses are instrumental in educating families about existing laws and possible courses of action should discrimination occur and can direct families to advocacy groups and resources. Additionally, nurses can play a pivotal role in passing breastfeeding legislation through political activism.