Public Breastfeeding Now A Right Under Michigan Law
Michigan recently signed into law a measure that protects breastfeeding mothers in public places from unlawful discrimination and even potential arrest. 45 states already have similar laws in place.
"Michigan now has a law ensuring that women have the right to breastfeed their babies in public.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed the Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act on Tuesday. Lawmakers introduced the legislation after getting reports of women being asked to leave stores, restaurants and government agencies for nursing in public.
Snyder also has signed bills specifying that a mother breastfeeding in a public place is not guilty of indecent exposure or obscene conduct. The Kent County Public Health Department said 45 states have laws similar to Michigan’s.
Snyder called breastfeeding a [']natural act with many proven benefits.['] He also said supporting new mothers would help ensure good infant health and reduces infant mortality rates."