Breastfeeding Laws – Comprehensive List


On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which passed into law a provision of Representative Maloney and Senator Merkley’s bill, The Breastfeeding Promotion Act.


A Comparison of Federal and California Lactation Accommodation Laws

Labor Code:   AB 1025 was introduced by Dario Frommer (D-Glendale). The Lactation Law came into effect January 2002.

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act:  AB 2386 was introduced by Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa).  This law amends the FEHA by including breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding in the defintion of “sex”, preventing employment discrimination and harrassment.

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) enforces the Pregnancy Disability Regulations, which were revised as of October 2012 to include lactation as an “other related medical condition”.

CA Breastfeeding Law Cards These wallet-sized cards, provided free by the BreastfeedLA, contain text from the laws that protect breastfeeding in public and worksite lactation in English and Spanish.

Six Key Laws for Parents Posters

These posters explain the six key laws that help parents to nurture their children.  Available in English and Spanish.  Produced by our colleagues at the California Work & Family Coalition

Jury Duty

Breastfeeding in Public

Breastfeeding and Custody Laws

Breastfeeding and Incarceration 

Other States

50 States Summary of Breastfeeding Laws


California Center for Public Health Advocacy’s list of cities and counties that have adopted policies to support breastfeeding and to limit the availability of soda and other sweetened beverages.

Local Beverage Policies Adopted by California Cities and Counties


Examples of good Employer Policy


  • 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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