Michigan mothers who nurse their children in public are protected from discrimination and prosecution under bipartisan legislation passed into law on June 24, 2014, by Governor Rick Snider. The Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act gives women the right to nurse a child any place that is open to the general public, including stores, restaurants, and municipal buses.
Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform) signed into law by President Obama in 2010, including some provisions for breastfeeding mothers. The federal law allows "reasonable" breaks for working mothers to express breast milk during the day, until the child reaches one year old. The law also requires employers to provide some space "other than a bathroom" for mothers to express milk. It is hoped that this will encourage more mothers to breastfeed their babies - leading to improved staff morale, job productivity, reduced health care costs, and decreased employee turnover rate. Please visit helpful links for more information regarding breastfeeding rights.