Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

Did you know...?

  • Birthing hospitals are required to provide mothers with breastfeeding guidance and information.
  • A mother may breastfeed her baby in any public place she is allowed to be.
  • It is unlawful to discriminate in employment or housing on the basis of breastfeeding.
  • A breastfeeding mother may be excused from jury service.

California has some of the strongest laws and regulations in the nation to support breastfeeding women in hospitals, in schools, in the workplace and in the public.

The links below provide information about California state laws and regulations that pertain to breastfeeding and what steps to take if the laws are not being followed.


California Breastfeeding Laws & Regulations
Current Legislation


Laws that Require Hospitals to Support, Promote and Protect Breastfeeding


Laws that Protect a Mothers Right to Breastfeed in Public


Laws that Protect Women in the Workplace


Laws that Protect Lactating Teens at School
Laws that protect lactating students in college

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