Legal Aspects of Breastfeeding for Illinois' MuseumsPresentation Transcript
It protects babies
It protects mothers
Less environmental impact
◦ To families
◦ To the health care system & overall economy
AAP (2012) called breastfeeding an
important “public health issue and not only a
US Surgeon General released “Call to Action
to Support Breastfeeding Mothers” in 2011.
Identified key barriers to breastfeeding:
◦ Lack of knowledge and problems that arise from it
◦ Poor family and social support
◦ Social norms
◦ Employment and Childcare
◦ Health Services/Health Care Providers
The Right To Breastfeed Act (Public Act 0930942) – enacted 2004 states:
“A mother may breastfeed her baby in any
location, public or private, where the mother
is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of
whether the nipple of the mother's breast is
uncovered during or incidental to the
“A woman who has been denied the right to
breastfeed by the owner or manager of a
public or private location, other than a private
residence or place of worship, may bring an
action to enjoin future denials of the right to
breastfeed. If the woman prevails in her suit,
she shall be awarded reasonable attorney's
fees and reasonable expenses of litigation.”
Recent (2010) museum visitation research
found that families with children 5 and under
were an important museum visitation
◦ Increased their museum visitation rates during the
◦ Most likely segment to engage in repeat museum
Social media “page bombing”
Nurse-ins staged with media coverage
Image credit: AP/Getty Images.
Train all staff, docents, and
vendors on the law.
◦ Incorporate information as part of
orientation and ongoing training.
◦ Post information where staff can see it.
◦ Provide instructions to staff about what
to do if another patron complains about
a breastfeeding mother.
Can be included in
training binders and
posted in staff areas.
Ensure all front-end
staff and vendors are
aware of the law.
required but nice. Some
moms prefer or need the privacy
◦ Not in a bathroom
◦ Provide clean and pleasant space with
activities for older children.
◦ Ensure all staff, docents, and vendors
know that moms don’t have to use it just
because it’s there.
that can be downloaded
and integrated into signs
for the public areas of
your museum to indicate
nursing mothers’ rights
will be respected.
Nursing mothers who are museum employees
may be entitled to:
◦ Break time (unpaid) to express milk
◦ A private location to express milk that is not a
◦ Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act (2004)
Federal - US Department of Labor
◦ Break Time For Nursing Mothers (2010)
Image credits (this slide and #13): The wonderful
moms of Breastfeed Chicago’s Facebook group.