WV Breastfeeding laws introduced

February 3, 2011 by Cara Bailey
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State Sen. Dan Foster (possible lactivist?) is sponsoring two bills this Legislative session that deal with breastfeeding in our state.

West Virginia currently has no laws (along with only Nebraska and Idaho) on the books protecting a breastfeeding mother or child.

The first bill, Senate Bill Number 80, adds a breastfeeding mother to the list of those that can be excused from jury duty. I honestly never thought about that particular instance, but in hindsight that is a great addendum! What mom wants to be leaking or engorged while trying to decide someone’s guilt or innocence?

Senate Bill Number 82, is a public breastfeeding bill.

It states:
(a) The Legislature finds that breast feeding is an important, basic act of nurturing that is protected in the interests of maternal and child health.
(b) A mother may breast feed a child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be.

Breastfeeding mothers shouldn’t need permission to feed their hungry children, but it is nice to know that there are lawmakers out there making sure that we won’t have to be stuck in a bathroom stall while our babies eat.

What do think? Are these bills needed?

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One Response to “WV Breastfeeding laws introduced”

  1. Kara MooreNo Gravatar says:

    Definitely. The jury duty one especially. It’s awful to think a breastfeeding mother could be forced into jury duty and jeopardize her breastfeeding relationship! I hope there are at least provisions for pumping breast milk while serving as a juror — and if not, that should be part of this bill. Nursing mothers should be able to get out of jury duty or have accommodations to pump if they do choose to serve.

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