Businesses that eject breastfeeding moms would face penalties

Dec 9, 2013

Credit cdc.gov

Mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies in public have every right to do so in Michigan. But not everyone's clear about the law.

Women cannot be told to leave a business or public transportation in order to breast feed their baby. Just because it may make some people uncomfortable, Michigan law is on the mother's side.

Several cases made recent headlines, including a woman who was told to get off a public bus because she was breastfeeding her baby.

State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, says a bill that's been in the works for a while is meant to clarify the law.

"We don't want women to worry that they might be intimidated or harassed. We want them to feel totally comfortable naturally feeding their babies," she says. "Nursing is the best choice for mothers and babies -- it's the healthiest and most nutritious. We want to encourage that as long as possible."

Businesses that violate the law could be sued for damages and be required to pay the costs of litigation.

Warren says the measure appears to have bi-partisan support. It could move to the full Senate by Wednesday.