Idaho Breastfeeding Laws
Until January 2018, Idaho was the only state that didn’t support a mother’s right to breastfeed in public. Thanks to new legislation, mothers in Idaho now have the right to breastfeed in any public or private place they’re allowed to be. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) offers some workplace protections for breastfeeding employees, but there are no state-level breastfeeding laws in Idaho beyond this.
We’ve awarded Idaho one drop on our scale.
ID Breastfeeding Laws: In Public
Mothers in Idaho have the right to breastfeed in any public or private location. Read the law: HOUSE BILL NO. 235
ID Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
Unfortunately, Idaho doesn’t have any state legislation to protect and support breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. But mothers in Idaho still are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) if they are a non-exempt (hourly) employee. Under this federal mandate, breastfeeding mothers are entitled to reasonable break time and a private space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work for one year following their child’s birth.
ID Breastfeeding FYI
Breastfeeding mothers in Idaho are exempt from public indecency laws, as well as jury duty.
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Breastfeeding laws in the U.S.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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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.