Massachusetts Breastfeeding Laws

 

Massachusetts is one of the most breastfeeding-positive states, thanks to a 2018 state law that transcends the protections provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in both how many mothers it covers, and in defining quality standards for lactation spaces. Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Massachusetts are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.

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We’ve awarded Massachusetts three drops on our scale.

 

MA Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Massachusetts have the right to breastfeed in any public place. Read the law: Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 111 § 221 (2008)

 

MA Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

Effective in 2018, the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act requires employers with six or more employees to provide all breastfeeding employees with reasonable break time and a space (other than a bathroom) to pump. In addition, the law stipulates that the lactation space must include electrical outlets, table, and a place to sit. Read the law: Chapter 54 of the Acts of 2017

Massachusetts Breastfeeding FYI

Breastfeeding mothers are exempt from indecent exposure laws in Massachusetts.

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.