Virginia


Virginia has a law exempting breastfeeding from their criminal statutes, clarifying that it is not a violation to breastfeed a child in any public place. Virginia law gives a woman a right to breastfeed on any property owned, leased or controlled by the Commonwealth. Moreover, mothers who are breastfeeding are exempt from jury duty, upon request.

Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-387
Section 18.2-387 Indecent Exposure
Every person who intentionally makes an obscene display or exposure of his person, or the private parts thereof, in any public place, or in any place where others are present, or procures another to so expose himself, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. No person shall be deemed to be in violation of this section for breastfeeding a child in any public place or any place where others are present

Va. Code Ann. §2.2-1147.1, 2002
 Right to breast-feed

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breast-feed her child at any location where that woman would otherwise be allowed on property that is owned, leased or controlled by the Commonwealth as defined in § 2.2-1147.

Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-341.1 Exemptions from jury service upon request.

Any of the following persons may serve on juries in civil and criminal cases but shall be exempt from jury service upon his request:

8. A person who has legal custody of and is necessarily and personally responsible for a child or children 16 years of age or younger requiring continuous care by him during normal court hours, or any mother who is breast-feeding a child,