Senate passes bill to allow breastfeeding in public
The Michigan Senate passed legislation Thursday allowing mothers to breastfeed their child in any place that they are legally allowed.
The Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination, introduced by Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, joins Michigan with several other states that have passed similar legislation.
"I am delighted that so many of my Senate colleagues have joined me in my efforts to ensure Michigan's mothers can feel confident and secure in nursing their children in public places," Warren said. "Breastfeeding provides innumerable benefits to the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies, and I am pleased by the bipartisan support that has been shown on this issue."
Warren previously introduced legislation that would have amended Michigan's Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act and made changes to the states constitution. This legislation was a completely new act and would make no amendments.
"Michigan remains one of the few states that fail to protect mothers from being harassed, segregated, or otherwise discouraged from breastfeeding," said Warren. "I look forward to helping increase acceptance of this healthy and economical practice."