Maine Breastfeeding Laws

 

In Maine, mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public or private place they’re allowed to be. What’s more, Maine is a breastfeeding-positive state with workplace laws that exceed the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) by protecting all working breastfeeding mothers (not just hourly).

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We’ve awarded Maine three drops on our scale.

 

ME Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Maine have the right to breastfeed in any public or private place. Read the law: Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 5, § 4634 (2001)

 

ME Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

Employers in Maine are required to support all breastfeeding employees (not just hourly) by providing break time and a space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work. Maine provides these protections for up to three years after childbirth (the FLSA is one year). Read the law:  Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 26, § 604

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.