Saturday, October 15, 2011

Connecticut law protects a mother’s right to breastfeed in public and workplace

The Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition has joined with the Departments of Public Health and Labor, as well as the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities to create the “Guide to Connecticut Breastfeeding Nondiscrimination and Workplace Accommodation Laws.”The State law allows mothers to nurse their babies in public places and the workplace. It also protects employed mothers’ rights to express milk during the workday.

The guide answers frequently asked questions, such as “Why can’t the mother cover the baby when nursing?” and “Do I need to provide a special room or space for an employee who wants to breastfeed or express milk at work?” It also explains what recourse a woman has when she believes her rights to breastfeed have been violated under Connecticut’s breastfeeding laws.

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