Minnesota is one of the most breastfeeding-positive states, thanks to state workplace laws that transcend the protections provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Minnesota are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.
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MN Breastfeeding Laws: In Public
Mothers in Minnesota have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Minn. Stat. § 145.905
MN Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
All employers in Minnesota—even those with only one employee—have to give all breastfeeding employees (not just those who are hourly workers), time to pump and a private space to do it. By extending the protections to more mothers than the federal FLSA law, Minnesota is one of the best states for working, breastfeeding mothers. Read the law: Minn. Stat. § 181.939
MN Breastfeeding Laws: Breastfeeding-positive Municipalities
The country of Mille Lacs County passed an updated policy to support breastfeeding employees in August 2019. The Policy mandates break time and a “privacy room” for pumping employees. Read the policy (pages 19-21): Personnel Policy Manual
MN Breastfeeding FYI
In Minnesota, breastfeeding mothers are exempt from indecent exposure laws. State law also requires the commissioner of health to develop public education programs promoting breastfeeding. Read the law: Minn. Stat. Ann. § 145.894
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Now that you know the law, what next?
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Mamava Breastfeeding Laws key
State law protects breastfeeding in public (now true of all states). There are no state-level workplace breastfeeding laws. Breastfeeding mothers, who are paid hourly, are covered by the federal FLSA. Not the breast-case scenario.
State law provides workplace breastfeeding rights for specific employee sectors (e.g., city employees) OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations (e.g., airports, municipal buildings).
State law protects all working breastfeeding moms (not just hourly) and exceeds the federal FLSA law.
State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers AND additional state legislation protects specific populations OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.
The gold standard. State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers, identifies standards for lactation spaces (e.g., access to a refrigerator), AND additional state legislation protects specific populations AND mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.