Iowa Breastfeeding Laws

 

Mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public or private location in Iowa, as long as they are legally allowed to be there. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) offers some workplace protections for breastfeeding employees, but there are no state-level breastfeeding laws in Iowa beyond this.

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We’ve awarded Iowa one drop on our scale.

 

IA Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Iowa have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Iowa Code § 135.30A (2002) (located on page 4 out of 8)

 

IA Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

Unfortunately, Iowa doesn’t have any state legislation to protect and support breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. But mothers in Iowa 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.

Iowa Breastfeeding FYI

In Iowa, breastfeeding mothers are exempt from jury duty upon request.

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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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.