South Carolina Breastfeeding Laws

 

In South Carolina, mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public location, as long as they are legally allowed to be there. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) offers some workplace protection for breastfeeding employees, but at this time there are no South Carolina state laws supporting mothers at work beyond this.

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We’ve awarded South Carolina two drops on our scale.

 

SC Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

State legislation protects a mother’s right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: S.C. Code Ann. § 63-5-40 (2005)

 

SC Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

In South Carolina, mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public or private location, as long as they are legally allowed to be there. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) offers some workplace protection for breastfeeding employees, but there are no South Carolina state laws supporting mothers at work beyond this.

 

SC Breastfeeding FYI

Breastfeeding mothers in South Carolina are exempt from indecent exposure laws.

Note: Mamava’s goal is to provide the most up-to-date legislative information available. But federal, state, and municipal laws are constantly evolving—which is a good thing! So if we’ve missed something, we appreciate any additions or corrections. Contact us at [email protected]

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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.