The Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition is a non-profit organization established to encourage and support the promotion of a healthier Mississippi through breastfeeding. Senate Bill No. 2419 signed April 3, 2006, by Governor Haley Barbour states:
A mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, without respect to whether the mother’s breast or any part of it is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding. Breastfeeding mothers of children 12 months or younger may be excused from jury duty. Breastfeeding mothers may not be discriminated against at the workplace or by childcare providers and facilities. Breastfeeding is not: indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, or a breach of the peace.
This law requires all licensed childcare facilities to provide a place for clients and employees to breastfeed. Childcare facilities must provide at all times:
- A sanitary location (not a bathroom) for nursing or pumping
- Comfortable seating
- Access to electrical outlets and running water
- A refrigerator for milk storage
The Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Childcare Licensure, will ensure that childcare facilities are complying with the law. Childcare facilities must also:
- Train their staff in the safe handling and storage of human milk, as specified by the Mississippi State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Display breastfeeding materials that positively promote and protect breastfeeding within the facility.
The Mississippi Breastfeeding Law also requires employers to allow staff to express breastmilk during any meal period or break period.
For a complete copy of the law, click here
Go here for a breastfeeding law summary in Spanish.
If you have questions concerning this law as it relates to childcare facilities, please call the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Childcare Licensure at 601- 601-364-2827 or 1-866-HLTHY4U.