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Breastfeeding Law in Minnesota

Minnesota State Legislation Protecting Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies


Does Minnesota have a law allowing breastfeeding? Yes, Minnesota has state laws protecting the right of nursing mothers to breastfeed their baby in any public or private place the mother and child are allowed to be.

Minnesota Statute 145.905


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.

Minnesota's indecent exposure statute specifically excludes breastfeeding as a violation of the law.

In practice, it means that in any public place, and at any business, store or restaurant that the mother and child can visit, a mother can breastfeed her baby. It is also not indecent exposure for any part of the mother's breast or nipple to be visible while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding and Working: Minnesota Law

Minnesota law has provisions for working mothers who wish to breastfeed, and need time and privacy to pump or express breast milk while at work. Here's what the law says.

Minnesota Statute 181.939


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.

The employer must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where the employee can express her milk in privacy. The employer would be held harmless if reasonable effort has been made.

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.

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