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Washington Breastfeeding Laws
 

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

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We’ve awarded Washington one drop on our scale.

 

Washington Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Washington have the right to breastfeed in public.  Read the law: Wash. Rev. Code § 49.60.30(g)

 

WA Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

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

WA Breastfeeding FYI

Washington exempts breastfeeding mothers from public indecency laws.

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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.