The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants are exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding while introducing other foods for at least 1 year. And since 2018, it became legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states, but that doesn’t mean that it no longer raises a brow or two in some places around the country.
It’s no secret that breastfeeding in public, just like other parenting choices and techniques, is a highly debatable practice where parents often collide. One such incident happened to a woman who spotted a mom in a park breastfeeding her kid who looked older, “probs 6/7.” The author of the post started questioning the child’s age as her talkative daughter was asking questions.
It all escalated to a boiling point when the mom made a real scene, accusing the family of “breastfeeding shaming.” Read the full story right below, and let us know your opinion on this delicate subject matter in the comment section!
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Breastfeeding in public is legal and protected by federal and state law in all 50 states. Moreover, moms are allowed to nurse whenever their baby is hungry. This includes public spaces like parks, and private establishments like restaurants and stores. The exception is feeding in a moving car because the baby should be tied to a child safety seat.
According to What To Expect, federal legislation guarantees that nursing is always allowed on federal property. That means that the employer must also allow moms to nurse or pump during work breaks; day care centers must provide nursing facilities; and nursing mothers are exempt from jury duty in 17 states.
When it comes to breastfeeding on planes, you’ve probably heard numerous stories of moms being asked to cover up or stop breastfeeding while on a plane. Although most major airlines do indeed allow breastfeeding while on flight, it’s always best to check with each company’s regulations separately
.Also, check how your state protects your breastfeeding rights with state laws right here.