The law to breastfeed

I thought a lot a bout breastfeeding before Avi was born.

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure if I’m going to breastfeed.

I mean, formula brands are doing their marketing job so well, that they really make you think that there can be something better than breast milk.

I was lucky enough, to find myself in the perfect environment, where I realized the importance and benefits of breast-feeding.

But my greatest concern was breastfeeding in public.

Is it appropriate? How will I do it? Or even: is it legal?

Well, it appears to be more than legal. It’s protected by law! At least in the state of  New York.

Here are few “Breastfeeding laws”.

§ 79-e. Right to breast feed. Notwithstanding any other provision of
law, a mother may breast feed her baby in any location, public or
private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of
whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or
incidental to the breast feeding.

§ 245.01 Exposure of a person.
A person is guilty of exposure if he appears in a public place in such
a manner that the private or intimate parts of his body are unclothed or
exposed. For purposes of this section, the private or intimate parts of
a female person shall include that portion of the breast which is below
the top of the areola. This section shall not apply to the breastfeeding
of infants or to any person entertaining or performing in a play,
exhibition, show or entertainment.
Exposure of a person is a violation.
Nothing in this section shall prevent the adoption by a city, town or
village of a local law prohibiting exposure of a person as herein
defined in a public place, at any time, whether or not such person is
entertaining or performing in a play, exhibition, show or entertainment.

 

I breastfed Avi in Central Park, in the subway, bus and every possible kind of public transportation. Oh, I even breastfed him on the observation deck on top of the Rockefeller building.

Once I, actually, had to use my knowledge in law. When I was waiting in line at the department of Homeland Security.

We were sitting next to muslim couple and they were offended by my almost naked boob. Well, to tell you the truth, I would better do it in any other place, but I had no choice.

Luckily, this is a free country (as long as your understanding of “freedom” doesn’t break the law) and you can do whatever you want (again, within the law).

 

800 languages are spoken in NYC. There are representatives of every known religion and nation (I suppose). New York is so miscellaneous. It’s new every day.

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