In Hawaii, mothers have the right to breastfeed any place they have a right to be. Hawaii is a breastfeeding-positive state thanks to protections that exceed the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by covering all employees (not just hourly).
We’ve awarded Hawaii three drops on our scale.
HI Breastfeeding Laws: In Public
Mothers in Hawaii have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 489.21 and § 489-22
HI Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
Employers in Hawaii with more than 50 employees are required to support breastfeeding employees by providing break time and a space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work. Read the law: HB 2774, Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 378-2 (SB 532)
HI Breastfeeding FYI
Breastfeeding mothers are also exempt from jury duty.
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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Breastfeeding laws in the U.S.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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.