Arkansas Breastfeeding Laws

 

Mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public or private place they’re allowed to be. In addition, Arkansas is one of the breastfeeding-positive states that provide protections for breastfeeding mothers at work. Arkansas’s law exceeds the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) because it applies to all working mothers, not just hourly workers.

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We’ve awarded Arkansas two drops on our scale.

 

AR Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Breastfeeding in public is protected by law in Arkansas. Read the law: HOUSE BILL 2411

 

AR Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

Employers in Arkansas are required to support all breastfeeding employees by providing break time and a space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work. Read the law: Ark. Stat. Ann. § 11-5-116 (2009)

AR Breastfeeding FYI

In Arkansas, breastfeeding mothers are exempt from public indecency laws.

Note: Mamava’s goal is to provide the most up-to-date legislative information available. But federal, state, and municipal laws are constantly evolving—which is a good thing! So if we’ve missed something, we appreciate any additions or corrections. Contact us at [email protected]

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Breastfeeding laws in the U.S.

 
 

Mamava Breastfeeding Laws key

One drop

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.

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Two drops

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).

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Three drops

State law protects all working breastfeeding moms (not just hourly) and exceeds the federal FLSA law.

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Four drops

State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers AND additional state legislation protects specific populations OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.

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Five drops

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.