Laws

State Law

woman and baby

In 1999 legislation passed in Missouri that would allow a mother, with as much discretion as possible, to breastfeed her child in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. In addition, the law requires physicians who provide OB/GYN care to provide new mothers with information on breastfeeding and the benefits to the child, and to offer breastfeeding consultants where appropriate as determined by the attending physician.

Federal Law

Effective March 23, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Section 7 of the Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

The Wage and Hour Fact Sheet #73 “Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA” and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Department of Labor website provide basic information about the law.

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