Tennessee Breastfeeding Laws


In 2006 the state of Tennessee passed Code Ann. § 68-58-101 et seq. allowing nursing mothers the right to breastfeed their children anywhere in the state, public or private, where they are otherwise permitted to be. The law also specifically states that local governments are prohibited from restricting or criminalizing a mother's right to breastfeed. Virginia also passed Code Ann. § 50-1-305 providing specific protections for nursing mothers in the workplace. 


Tennessee Breastfeeding Laws in Public

Tenn. Code Ann. § 68-58-101 et seq. (2006, 2011) permits a mother to breastfeed in any location, public or private, that the mother is authorized to be, and prohibits local governments from criminalizing or restricting breastfeeding.


Tennessee Breastfeeding Laws at Work

Employers are required to provide reasonable daily unpaid break time to employees who need to express breast milk for their infant children unless doing so would unduly disrupt the employer's business. If possible, this break shall run concurrently with any other break time already provided. Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide employees with a private space close to their work area, other than a toilet stall, to express breast milk. This law applies to all employers.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-1-305.