Michigan Gov Signs Law to Protect Nursing in Public

On June 24th, Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan signed the “Breast feeding Anti-Discrimination Act”, which gives women the right to nurse a child in any place that is open to the general public, including stores, restaurants and municipal buses.

Under the law, owners and operators cannot deny goods, services, facilities, advantages or accommodations to any woman simply because she is nursing. They also cannot post signs prohibiting public breastfeeding.

Woman subjected to discrimination because of breastfeeding can file a civil lawsuit  seeking actual or presumed damages. The court could also reward reimbursement for legal fees.

Breastfeeding is a “natural act with many proven benefits,” said Synder. He also stated supporting new mothers would ensure good infant health and reduce infant mortality rates. Health experts say Michigan ranks in the bottom third of States for breastfeeding rates and normalizing breastfeeding would be very beneficial for babies.

The law is hugely supported by State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Harbor. She stated early Tuesday, “We hope that with Gov. Synder’s signature on this bill today, we will start a culture change so that our mothers feel comfortable nursing their babies wherever they’re allowed to be.”