Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Laws

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In 2007 the State of Pennsylvania enacted Cons. Stat. tit. 35 § 636.1 et seq. allowing nursing mothers the right to breastfeed their children anywhere in the state without any penalty. This law also takes in a step further stating that breastfeeding may not be considered a nuisance, obscenity or indecent exposure. While Pennsylvania has yet to pass any laws at the state level specifically for nursing mothers in the workplace, Philadelphia has taken it upon themselves in passing Code § 9-1103(m).


Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Laws in Public

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 35 § 636.1 et seq. (2007) allows mothers to breastfeed in public without penalty. Breastfeeding may not be considered a nuisance, obscenity or indecent exposure under this law. (SB 34)

 

Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Laws at Work

No specific breastfeeding laws at the state level.

 

Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance requires employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s need to express breast milk as long as the accommodation does not impose an “undue hardship” on the employer. Reasonable accommodations include: providing unpaid break time, allowing an employee to use paid break, mealtime, or both to express milk, and providing a private, sanitary space that is not a bathroom.

Philadelphia Code § 9-1103(m)