Tennessee Breastfeeding Laws

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Tennessee is a breastfeeding-positive state, thanks to state workplace legislation that transcends the protection provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by extending protections to all workers (not just hourly).  Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Tennessee are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.

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We’ve awarded Tennessee three drops on our scale.

 

TN Breastfeeding Laws: In Public

Mothers in Tennessee have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Tenn. Code Ann. § 68-58-101 et seq. (2006, 2011).

 

TN Breastfeeding Laws: At Work

Tennessee employers with one employee or more are required to provide breastfeeding employees break time and a private space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work. Read the law: Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-1-305.

TN Breastfeeding FYI

Breastfeeding mothers in Tennessee are exempt from indecent exposure laws.

 

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.