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Louisiana Breastfeeding Laws
 

Mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public place they’re allowed to be. Louisiana does offer some protections for working breastfeeding mothers, but they are limited.

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We’ve awarded Louisiana two drops on our scale.

 

LA Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Louisiana have the right to breastfeed in any public place they’re allowed to be. Read the law: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 51.2247.1 (2001)

 

LA Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

Public schools are the only workplace mandated by Louisiana state law to provide employees with break time and a private room for pumping. But mothers in Louisiana are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) if they are a non-exempt (hourly) employee. Under this federal mandate, breastfeeding mothers are entitled to reasonable break time and a private space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work for one year following their child’s birth. Read the law: La. Rev. Stat. § 17:81(W)

 

LA Breastfeeding FYI:

Breastfeeding mothers are exempt from indecent exposure laws in Louisiana. State law also exempts breastfeeding/pumping accessories from sales tax. In addition, Louisiana requires “certain” state buildings to have a lactation room. Read the law: Act No. 269

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.