Illinois Breastfeeding Laws


In 2004 the state of Illinois enacted Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 740 § 137 allowing nursing mothers the right to breastfeed their children at any location where they are otherwise permitted to be. The one exception to this law states that when in a place of worship nursing mothers must follow the standing norms of the given institution. Illinois as also enacted several laws at a statewide level aimed at providing nursing mothers with more comfort at work. 

Illinois Breastfeeding Laws in Public

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 740 § 137 (2004) creates the Right to Breastfeed Act. The law provides that a mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be; a mother who breastfeeds in a place of worship shall follow the appropriate norms within that place of worship. (SB 3211)


All public schools must provide breastfeeding students with reasonable break time and a dedicated space to pump milk. 


Chicago - Airports

The commissioner of aviation shall provide and designate a room or other location at each airport terminal behind the airport security screening area for members of the public to express breast milk in private. Each room or other location shall be located outside of the confines of a public restroom and shall include, at a minimum: a lockable door, a chair, a table, an electrical outlet, and a sink with running water.

Municipal Code Chapter 10-36. Section 10-36-345


Illinois Breastfeeding Laws at Work

An employer must provide reasonable daily unpaid break time for an employee to express breast milk, unless doing so would unduly disrupt the employer's business. If possible, such break time must run concurrently with the employee's ordinary break time.

820 Ill. Comp. Stat. 260/10.


Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide employees with a private space close to their work area, other than a toilet stall, where they can express milk.

820 Ill. Comp. Stat. 820 § 260/15.