Breastfeeding in Public

Can I breastfeed in public places like schools, businesses, parks, and libraries?

Yes!  California Law protects your right to breastfeed in any public place that you are authorized to be!
Breastfeeding in Public Law

What if I am in someone’s private home, can I still breastfeed?

The California law cannot force a private person in their own home to accommodate your needs to breastfeed.

What if I someone tells me that I cannot breastfeed or should cover up?

The best response is to:

  • Take a deep breath.
  • Ask

“Are you refusing me service because I am breastfeeding?”


“Are you telling me I must leave because I am breastfeeding?”

  • Document their response and avoid being confrontational.
  • If you are asked to leave or refused service:
    • Advise them that under California Law, you have the right to a public accommodation for breastfeeding.
    • Let them know that by refusing service and being ejected from their business, you will be filing a sex discrimination complaint under the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

What to do if you are harassed for breastfeeding in public

CA Breastfeeding Law Cards You can carry these wallet-sized cards, provided free from Breastfeed LA, which contain text from lactation laws in the State of California.

Best for Babes is an excellent resource for “What to do if Harrassed While Nursing In Public”.

  • California Department of Public Health

    New In-Hospital Breastfeeding Data.

    Read more here!

  • Healthcare

    The Regional Hospital Breastfeeding Consortium (RHBC) meetings to provide ongoing support and guidance for staff from participating hospitals. Learn more

  • LA Convention Center-Breastfeeding Friendly!

    Learn more here.

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