Mississippi Breastfeeding Laws
In Mississippi, mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public or private location they are legally allowed to be. For mothers in the workforce, Mississippi doesn’t significantly extend the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); still, it’s an additional layer of support. The state prohibits employers from discriminating against breastfeeding employees, and requires child-care facilities to provide a space, other than a bathroom, for pumping or feeding.
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MS Breastfeeding Laws: In Public
Mothers in Mississippi have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Miss. Code Ann. § 17-25-7/9 (2006)
MS Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
Employers in Mississippi must provide break time for breastfeeding employees. Read the law: Miss. Code Ann. § 71-1-55
Additionally, child-care facilities are required to provide breastfeeding mothers (including employees) with a space other than a bathroom to pump or breastfeed. The space must include an outlet and be near a water source. Read the law: § 43-20-31
Mississippi Breastfeeding FYI
Breastfeeding mothers in Mississippi are exempt from indecent exposure laws and jury duty.
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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.
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).
State law protects all working breastfeeding moms (not just hourly) and exceeds the federal FLSA law.
State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers AND additional state legislation protects specific populations OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.
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.