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Minnesota has two breastfeeding laws. The first law protects the right of a mother to breastfeeding in public clarifying that women have a right to breastfeed any place they have a right to be with their children, even if there is some exposure of the breast. The second law requires employers to accommodate breastfeeding mothers when they return to work.

Minn. Stat. § 145.894, 2002

The commissioner of health shall:

(a) Develop a comprehensive state plan for the delivery of nutritional supplements to pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children; …

(c) Develop and implement a public education program promoting the provisions of sections 145.891 to 145.897, and provide for the delivery of individual and family nutrition education and counseling at project sites. The education program must include information about breastfeeding.

Minn. Stat. § 181.939
181.939    Nursing Mother
(a) An employer must provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her infant child. The break time must, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this section if to do so would unduly disrupt the operations of the employer.

(b) The employer must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a bathroom or a toilet stall, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public and that includes access to an electrical outlet, where the employee can express her milk in privacy. The employer would be held harmless if reasonable effort has been made.

(c) For the purposes of this section, “employer” means a person or entity that employs one or more employees and includes the state and its political subdivisions.

(d) An employer may not retaliate against an employee for asserting rights or remedies under this section.

Minn. Stat. § 617.23

Indecent Exposure; Penalties
(d) It is not a violation of the indecent exposure statute for a woman to breast feed.

Minn. Stat. § 145.905

145.905    Location for Breast-feeding
A mother may breast-feed in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast-feeding.

Minn. Stat. § 145.894

The commissioner of health shall:

(a) Develop a comprehensive state plan for the delivery of nutritional supplements to pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children; …

(c) Develop and implement a public education program promoting the provisions of sections 145.891 to 145.897, and provide for the delivery of individual and family nutrition education and counseling at project sites. The education programs must include a campaign to promote breast-feeding.


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