Breastfeeding in Public Still 'Illegal' in 1 Place in America

breastfeedingIn further proof that we absolutely need Breastfeeding Awareness Week, a new report has come out showing there are still people out there who have a problem with nursing moms. Still! And if you think at least the laws are on our side, think again: it turns out there's one state in the nation that does little to protect breastfeeding moms, particularly in public -- Idaho.

Some 47 states, including Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands, allow mothers to nurse in any public place. South Dakota and Virginia exempt them from public indecency or nudity laws. But Idahoans have no such luck.

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Idaho's single protection is that nursing mothers have jury duty exemption.

All other laws? Nonexistent. 

It's hard to imagine that in this day and age, breastfeeding is even still an issue. About 77 percent of mothers begin breastfeeding after the baby's birth, and while this number drops significantly after the six-month mark, that's over three-quarters of new mothers who choose to nurse. There's even good news IN Idaho -- more moms breastfeed in the Gem State than anywhere else in the country (according to CDC statistics).

And yet, nobody's looking out for them or their babies.

So why? Why is it that mothers who are feeding their children are not given certain protections? Or, more importantly, why are actions not being taken to ensure they're safeguarded?

Currently, the Idaho Breastfeeding Law Coalition has started a petition on MoveOn.org to modernize the breastfeeding laws. There are over 1,500 signatures and people who have lent themselves to the cause, so there is potential for action. Though the state has yet to make any steps in favor of mothers, the petition and citizens' opinions can give us hope for possible future change.

Sign up. Get involved. Because we still need "awareness" that public breastfeeding should be legal!

What's your take on the Idaho breastfeeding laws?

 

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