Mothers' Rights to Breastfeed or Express Breast Milk

Mothers' Rights to Breastfeed in Public

Mothers have the right to breastfeed their children in any public or private location.

  • N.Y. Civil Rights Law § 79-e
    § 79-e. Right to breast feed. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breast feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother's breast is covered during or incidental to the breast feeding.
  • Civil Rights Complaints: How to file a civil rights complaint through the Office of the Attorney General.

Rights of Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Hospitals and Clinics

Choosing the way to feed a new baby is one of the most important decisions a mother can make in preparing for her infant's arrival. Breastfeeding is the normal choice for healthy mothers and babies. The Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights is intended to inform new mothers about their rights to breastfeed. Health care providers and hospitals providing maternity care services have a responsibility to inform mothers of their rights in support of breastfeeding.

Rights of Nursing Mothers Returning to Work

The "Making It Work Toolkit" is an online resource for breastfeeding mothers returning to work or school. The toolkit is designed to provide assistance to breastfeeding mothers as well as tools and information for businesses and families.

  • How to file a complaint with the New York State Department of Labor's Division of Labor Standards:

Hospital Maternity Practices

New York State's Maternity Information Law requires each hospital to provide information about its childbirth practices and procedures. This information can help you to better understand what to expect, learn more about childbirth choices, and plan for baby's birth.