Texas Breastfeeding Laws

 
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In 1995 the state of Texas enacted Health Code Ann. § 165.002 allowing nursing mothers the right to breastfeed their children anywhere in the state. While Texas has yet to pass any laws at the state level specifically for nursing mothers in the workplace, a few cities have taken it upon themselves. Both the cities of Sunset Valley and San Antonio have passed laws requiring the access to private spaces for nursing mothers in the workplace.

 

Texas Breastfeeding Laws in Public

Tex. Health Code Ann. § 165.002 (1995) authorizes a woman to breastfeed her child in any location.

 

Texas Breastfeeding Laws at Work

No specific at work breastfeeding laws at the state level.

Sunset Valley Breastfeeding Laws

The City of Sunset Valley offers a workplace lactation support policy that mandates a work environment that is supportive of lactating mothers and encourages breastfeeding of their children up to one year following their birth. 

The City of Sunset Valley shall provide a mixed use space, other than a bathroom, for lactating mothers, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public. The space shall have at a minimum a locking door, an electrical outlet, a clean work surface, a comfortable chair and access to a safe water source and a sink within a reasonable distance.

Ordinance, Section 9.15

San Antonio Breastfeeding Laws

The City of San Antonio’s Administrative Directive 4.15 Workplace Milk Expression stipulates that the City provide breastfeeding employees with accessible, adequate and private facilities other than a restroom for breast milk expression. Each Lactation Room or designated office space will be free from intrusion, either by the use of a locked door, or restricted entry access devices.

Administrative Workplace Directive 4.15