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Breastfeeding Laws

While the specific laws vary state by state, all 50 states have some form of protection for public breastfeeding; that is, to protect a woman’s right to feed her child anywhere that she and her baby have a legal right to be. In short, if you’re allowed to be there, you’re allowed to breastfeed. 

 

Oregon Laws:

Jury Duty: Oregon revised statute § 10.050 (1999) excuses a woman from acting as a juror if the woman is breastfeeding a child. A request from the woman must be made in writing. 

Breastfeeding in Public: Oregon revised statute § 109.001 (1999) allows a woman to breastfeed in a public place.

Workplace:  Oregon revised statute § 653.075, § 653.077 and §653.256 (2007) allow women to have unpaid 30-minute breaks during each four-hour shift to breastfeed or pump. Allows certain exemptions for employers. 

Washington Laws:

Indecent exposure: The Revised Code of Washington §9A.88.010 (2001) states that the act of breastfeeding or expressing milk is not indecent exposure.  

Breastfeeding in Public: Revised Code of Washington § 49.60.30(g) states that it is the right of a mother to breastfeed her child in any place of public resort, accommodations, assemblage or amusement.  

Discrimination of Breastfeeding in Public: Revised Code of Washington § 49.60.215 states that it is unfair practice for any person to discriminate against a mother breastfeeding her child in any place of public resort, accommodations, assemblage or amusement.