Kentucky

In Kentucky a new legislation was enacted on March 28, 2006 clarifying that breastfeeding in public is not indecent exposure; municipalities may not restrict a mother’s right to breastfeed a child, and that no person shall interfere with a mother breastfeeding her child in any place the mother has the right to be.

 SB 106, Acts. No. 180 (2006).

SECTION 1.   A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 211 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

         (1)      Not withstanding any other provision of the law, a mother may breastfeed her baby or express breastmilk in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. Breastfeeding a child or expressing breastmilk as part of breastfeeding shall not be considered an act of public indecency and shall not be considered indecent exposure, sexual conduct, lewd touching, or obscenity.

         (2)      A municipality may not enact an ordinance that prohibits or restricts a mother breastfeeding a child or expressing breastmilk in a public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In a municipal ordinance, indecent exposure, sexual conduct, lewd touching, obscenity, and similar terms do not include the act of a mother breastfeeding a child in a public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be.

         (3)      No person shall interfere with a mother breastfeeding her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.


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