Puerto Rico Breastfeeding Laws

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Puerto Rico is a very breastfeeding-positive territory, thanks to workplace legislation that transcends the protection provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by covering all working breastfeeding mothers (and not just hourly). Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Puerto Rico are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.

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We’ve awarded Puerto Rico three drops on our scale.

 

PR Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

In Puerto Rico, mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public place they’re allowed to be. In addition, Puerto Rico law require that shopping malls, airports, ports, and public service government centers have designated areas (other than bathrooms) for breastfeeding and diaper changing. Read the law: 23 L.P.R.A. § 43-1

 

PR Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

Employers in Puerto Rico are required to support breastfeeding employees by providing break time to pump at work for up to one year after the child’s birth. In addition, Puerto Rico law stipulates that mothers who have access to in-house daycare have the right to breastfeed their infants for one hour (divided as they see fit) during the work day for 12 months. Read the law:  P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 29, §§ 478 et seq.

PR Breastfeeding FYI

Breastfeeding mothers in Puerto Rico are exempt from public indecency laws and from jury duty.  In addition, Puerto Rico also officially recognizes the importance of supporting breastfeeding mothers by declaring the first week of August “World Breastfeeding Week,” as well as the entire month of August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month.”(Puerto Rico is the only state or territory to make it official law!)  Read the law: 1 L.P.R.A. § 5165

 

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.