Georgia Breastfeeding Laws


In 1999 the State of Georgia enacted Code § 31-1-9 (1999) allowing nursing mothers the right to breastfeed their children anywhere in the state in which they otherwise permitted to be. This law also takes in a step further stating that breastfeeding is an important and basic act of motherhood which should be encouraged by others. In the same year, Georgia also enacted Code § 34-1-6 providing working mothers who are nursing with an unpaid break once a day. This law also requires employers to provide a private location other than a bathroom stall for mothers to breastfeed.

Georgia Breastfeeding Laws in Public

Ga. Code § 31-1-9 (1999) states that the breastfeeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and allows a mother to breastfeed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be. (1999 SB 29, Act 304; 2002 SB 221)


Georgia Breastfeeding Laws at Work

Ga. Code § 34-1-6 (1999) allows employers to provide daily unpaid break time for a mother to express breast milk for her infant child. Employers are also required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the workplace for this activity. The employer is not required to provide break time if to do so would unduly disrupt the workplace operations.