Laws

 
 
 

SUMMARY OF ENACTED BREASTFEEDING LEGISLATION in VIRGINIA

Va. Code  18.2-387 (1994) exempts mothers engaged in breastfeeding from indecent exposure laws.

Va. Code 2.2-1147.1 (2002) guarantees a woman the right to breast-feed her child on any property owned, leased or controlled by the state. The bill also stipulates that childbirth and related medical conditions specified in the Virginia Human Rights Act include activities of lactation, including breast-feeding and expression of milk by a mother for her child. (H.B. 1264)

HJ 145 (2002) Encourages employers to recognize the benefits of breastfeeding and to provide unpaid break time and appropriate space for employees to breast-feed or express milk.

Va. Chapter No. 195 (2005) Provides that a mother who is breast-feeding a child may be exempted from jury duty upon her request. The mother need not be "necessarily and personally responsible for a child or children 16 years of age or younger requiring continuous care . . . during normal court hours" as the existing statute provides.

Download free Breastfeeding Law Card

Website by Jake Marcus JD - Breastfeeding and the Law (not Virginia specific, but has a lot of up to date information)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Copyright © 2010 All Rights Reserved - Revised 02/20/2013 - Virginia Breastfeeding Taskforce