Missouri Breastfeeding Laws


In 1999 the state of Missouri passed Rev. Stat. § 191.918 allowing nursing mothers the right to breastfeed their children anywhere in the state, public or private, where they are otherwise permitted to be. This law does, however, state that a mother must use discretion while breastfeeding. The law also specifically states that breastfeeding cannot be classified as sexual misconduct and cannot be labeled as any form of public indecency or indecent exposure. Missouri has yet to pass any laws at the statewide level specifically for nursing mothers in the workplace. 


Missouri Breastfeeding Laws in Public

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 191.918 (1999, 2014) allows a mother, with discretion, to breastfeed her child or express breast milk in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. The law also states that breastfeeding a child or expressing breast milk does not constitute sexual conduct or sexual contact as defined in § 566.010, and is not considered an act of public indecency, indecent exposure, lewd touching or obscenity. A municipality may not enact an ordinance prohibiting or restricting a mother from breastfeeding or expressing breast milk in a public or private location. (2014 HB 1320)


Missouri Breastfeeding Laws at Work

No specific at work breastfeeding laws at the state level.