Florida

Florida enacted the first comprehensive breastfeeding legislation in the United States. The legislation exempted breastfeeding from criminal statutes, and created a new law that stated this important and basic act of nurture must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. Furthermore, the legislation provides for a breast-feeding encouragement policy for facilities providing maternity services and newborn infant care.

Fla. Stat. Ann. § 383.015

 The breast feeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which must be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health and family values. A mother may breast feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breast feeding.

Fla. Stat. 800.02, 800.03, 800.04

These statutes exclude breastfeeding from various sexual offenses, from the definition of an unnatural and lascivious act.

Fla. Stat. § 827.071 (Child abuse statute)

(g) “Sexual conduct” means … A mother’s breastfeeding of her baby does not under any circumstances constitute “sexual conduct.”

Fla .Stat. §383.016, 383.311, and 363.318

These Florida Statutes, provides for a breast-feeding encouragement policy for facilities providing maternity services and newborn infant care and authorizing use of “baby-friendly” designation.


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