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Maryland Breastfeeding Laws
 

In Maryland, mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public or private location, as long as they are legally allowed to be there. At the state level, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) offers some workplace protection for breastfeeding employees, but there are no Maryland state laws beyond this. In 2019 the city of Baltimore passed a city ordinance requiring employers with two or more full-time employees to provide lactation accommodations for breastfeeding employees.


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We’ve awarded Maryland two drops on our scale.

 

MD Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Maryland have the right to breastfeed in any public or private location. Read the law: Md. Health-General Code Ann. § 20-801 (2003)

 

MD Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

Unfortunately, Maryland doesn’t have any state legislation to protect and support breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. But mothers in Maryland 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.

MD Breastfeeding-positive Municipalities

As of 2019, Baltimore employees with two or more full-time employees must provide lactation accommodations (including break time and a private lactation space) for breastfeeding employees. The lactation space cannot be a bathroom or a closet and must be in “close proximity” to the employee’s work area.  Read the law: Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace

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.