What is the public breastfeeding law in Alabama?
Ala. Code § 22-1-13.
“A mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present. “
The National Conference of State Legislature website lists breastfeeding laws by state. (http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/breastfeeding-state-laws.aspx)
How should you respond if other patrons complain?
One option might be, “I hear you and understand that you’re uncomfortable. However, Alabama law protects breastfeeding in public, and our policy is to welcome breastfeeding within our establishment. Is there something that I can do to help you feel more comfortable?”
What is wrong with asking a mom to move to the restroom or cover up?
It implies that a mother and baby are engaging in a shameful or distasteful act when she is simply feeding her child. A restroom is not a hygienic location to feed a baby. For many infants, a cover disrupts the breastfeeding process.
Why can’t the mother just bring a bottle or nurse before she leaves home?
Breastfeeding is a complex biological relationship. Pumping and bottle feeding is labor-intensive and many women aren’t able to express their milk using a pump. Babies often eat on an irregular schedule and it’s important to feed babies when hungry.
What about the right of others to not see someone breastfeed in public?
If breastfeeding offends someone, they may ignore it, turn away, ask to be seated in another location or leave. A nursing mother and baby are not responsible for another person’s comfort level.
Are there really that many mothers breastfeeding in public?
Yes, mothers and babies are sometimes so skilled at breastfeeding that people in the same space may not even realize breastfeeding is occurring.
How long should a mother breastfeed?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mother and baby desire. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond. With continued breastfeeding of up to two years and beyond, children meet normal biological standards.
How is the Breastfeeding Welcome Here program funded?
Breastfeeding Rocks offers breastfeeding advocacy apparel. A portion of the sales from Breastfeeding Rocks advocacy apparel will be used to fund the Breastfeeding Welcome Here program in our area.
Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project Contacts
Jessica Claire Hall, Chatty Claire
Sarah Bailey, Acorn Treasures