South Carolina Breastfeeding Laws

 

Mothers in South Carolina have the right to breastfeed in any public or private location, as long as they are legally allowed to be there. As of 2018, breastfeeding mothers have additional protections in the workplace that include lactation accommodations. 


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We’ve awarded South Carolina three 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

South Carolina passed the South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act in 2018 to provide greater workplace protections for working mothers. The new law mandates that employers with 15 or more employees must ensure their workplaces provide “reasonable accommodations” to employees with “medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions,” including lactation. Employers must provide a private lactation space that’s not a bathroom. Read the law: HB 3865

 

SC Breastfeeding FYI

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

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Now that you know the law, what next?

 
 

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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.