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.
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Breastfeeding and the Law from La Leche League International. LLLI has information on breastfeeding law throughout the world.
Breastfeeding and the law from 007 Breasts
Your Rights As a Breastfeeding Employee @KellyMom.com, by 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
State Laws that Protect Breastfeeding: Free Download from Stacie Bingham, CD(DONA)
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
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.
- New Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms: Facts and Tools to Understand Your Coverage under the Health Care Law from the National Women’s Law Center
- Women’s Preventive Services: Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines – “Non-grandfathered plans and issuers are required to provide coverage without cost sharing consistent with these guidelines in the first plan year (in the individual market, policy year) that begins on or after August 1, 2012… Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling…”
- Federal law now includes breast pumps and other supplies that directly assist with lactation as medical care expenses.
- Breast Pumps and Insurance Coverage: What You Need To Know from the US Office on Women’s Health
(see also the Legislation Section above)
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
Breastfeeding: Impact on Health, Employment and Society from the US Congressional Research Service
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
Protecting breastfeeding while in a divorce or custody dispute from the Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition
Continuing Breastfeeding after Separation and Divorce from the Australian Breastfeeding Association
Dealing with Divorce and Custody Issues and Blended Families from Attachment Parenting International
Breastfeeding, Divorce and Custody Issues from Blisstree.com
Shared custody: new thoughts on what’s best for kids from MamaMia
Infants and overnight care – post separation and divorce: Guidelines for protecting the very young child’s sense of comfort and security (revised March 2015) from the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc.
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