Colorado Breastfeeding Laws

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Colorado is one of the most breastfeeding-positive states, thanks to state workplace laws that exceed the protection provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Colorado state law protects all working mothers (not just hourly) for up to two years after a child’s birth (the federal law provides protections for one year). Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Colorado are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is A-OK.

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We’ve awarded Colorado three drops on our scale.

 

CO Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Colorado have the right to breastfeed in any public or private place they’re legally allowed to be. Read the law:  Colo. Rev. Stat. § 25-6-301 and § 25-6-302 (2004)

 

CO Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

All public and private employers in Colorado must provide break time and a private space to pump for all breastfeeding employees—not just those who are hourly—for up to two years after a child’s birth. By extending the protections for two years (the FLSA protections are for one year) and to all working moms, Colorado is one of the best states for working, breastfeeding mothers. Read the law: 2008 Colo., Sess. Laws, Chap. 106, HB 1276

 
 
 

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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.