Breastfeeding: Legal Issues

August 18, 2011. Posted in: Legal issues

Do you need information on legal issues and breastfeeding? Much of this information is for mothers in the United States, but there is also info from the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, and more.

General | Legislation | Jury Duty | Public BF | BF after the first year | Family Law

General

Breastfeeding Law: Know Your Legal Rights by Jake Aryeh Marcus, J.D.

Breastfeeding and the Law from La Leche League International. LLLI has information on breastfeeding law throughout the world.

Breastfeeding Moms and the Law by Virginia Gilbert

Breastfeeding and the law from 007 Breasts

 

Legislation

Your Rights As a Breastfeeding Employee @KellyMom.com, by the United States Breastfeeding Committee

Workplace Support in Federal LawState Legislation and Federal Policies from the United States Breastfeeding Committee

Break Time for Nursing Mothers from the United States Department of Labor

Breastfeeding Legistation Information from Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney

50 States Summary of Breastfeeding Laws from the National Conference of State Legislatures

Breastfeeding Rights from INFACT Canada

Continuing to Breastfeed when you Return to Work (UK) from Maternity Action

Breastfeeding and the Law from the Australian Breastfeeding Association

Legislazione a favore dell’allattamento materno applicabile in Italia (Legislation applicable to breastfeeding in Italy) from LLLI

 

Check your insurance coverage! Certain pump rentals, purchases, and lactation counseling are 100% covered by health insurance if your plan year begins 8/1/2012 or later. If not covered by your insurance, breast pumps and supplies that assist lactation are (as of 2/28/11) considered a deductible medical expense.

 

Jury Duty

Jury Duty? @ kellymom

Breastfeeding & Jury Duty – One mom’s experience @ kellymom

 

Breastfeeding in Public

(see also the Legislation Section above)

Breastfeeding in Public from LLLI

Breastfeeding in Public from WomensHealth.gov

Breastfeeding in Public — a Human Rights Issue from INFACT Canada

Breastfeeding in Public Places in the UK  (a guide to the 2010 Equality Act) from Maternity Action

Breastfeeding in Public– Your Legal Rights from the Australian Breastfeeding Association

PDF Breastfeeding: Impact on Health, Employment and Society from the US Congressional Research Service

 

 Breastfeeding after the first year

Extended Breastfeeding and the Law By Elizabeth N. Baldwin, Esq. (reprinted from Mothering Magazine, 1993)

Letter for Court Cases (in support of extended breastfeeding) by Katherine Dettwyler, PhD

 

Family Law

Continuing Breastfeeding after Separation and Divorce from the Australian Breastfeeding Association

Breastfeeding and Family Law (in the US) from LLLI (see also LLLI articles on Divorce, Separation, and Single Parenting)

Dealing with Divorce and Custody Issues and Blended Families from Attachment Parenting International

Breastfeeding and Family Law from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington

Breastfeeding, Divorce and Custody Issues from Blisstree.com

A Journey through Breastfeeding and Visitation from TheLeakyBoob.com

Is Breastfeeding Really a Visitation Issue? by Elizabeth N. Baldwin, Esq. & Kenneth A. Friedman, Esq.

Attachment 101 for Attorneys: Implications for Infant Placement Decisions by Eleanor Willemsen and Kristen Marcel

Trends in Child Custody with Liz Baldwin, Esq. (DivorceCentral.com chat transcript)

Visitation for the Youngest Children of Divorce with Liz Baldwin, Esq. (DivorceCentral.com chat transcript)

Martin K. Parenting Plans and the Breastfed Child: A Look at How Breastfeeding is Used as a Factor in Parenting Time Allocations for Divorcing Parents in the U.S. Clinical Lactation. 2011; 2(3): 25-29.

Gribble KD, Gallagher M. Rights of Children in Relation to Breastfeeding in Child Protection Cases. Br J Soc Work. 2014; 44 (2): 434-450. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu004