Minnesota Breastfeeding Laws

 

Minnesota is one of the most breastfeeding-positive states, thanks to state workplace laws that transcend the protections provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Minnesota are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.

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We’ve awarded Minnesota three drops on our scale.

 

MN Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Minnesota have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Minn. Stat. § 145.905

 

MN Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

All employers in Minnesota—even those with only one employee—have to give all breastfeeding employees (not just those who are hourly workers), time to pump and a private space to do it. By extending the protections to more mothers than the federal FLSA law, Minnesota is one of the best states for working, breastfeeding mothers. Read the law: Minn. Stat. § 181.939

MN Breastfeeding FYI:

In Minnesota, breastfeeding mothers are exempt from indecent exposure laws. State law also requires the commissioner of health to develop public education programs promoting breastfeeding. Read the law:  Minn. Stat. Ann. § 145.894

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.