Rhode Island Breastfeeding Laws
Rhode Island is a breastfeeding-positive state, thanks to workplace legislation that transcends the protection provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by extending protections to all workers (not just hourly). Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Rhode Island are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.
We’ve awarded Rhode Island three drops on our scale.
RI Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
All employers in Rhode Island are required to support their breastfeeding employees by providing reasonable break time and a private space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work. Read the law: R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-13.2-1
Rhode Island Breastfeeding FYI
Rhode Island exempts breastfeeding from public indecency laws.
Now that you know the law, what’s next?
Mamava Breastfeeding Laws key
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.