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Thursday, January 18, 2007Not too long after Dane County passed similar breastfeeding legislation, the city council in Madison have put in place an ordinance that gives some great protection to breastfeeding mothers.
The legislation goes beyond simply stating that breastfeeding in public is legal. (It already IS legal everywhere...laws making it "legal" simply keep moms from being prosecuted under indecency laws.) This legislation actually makes it illegal to INTERFERE with a breastfeeding or pumping mom. That means that anyone that tries to get a mom to leave a public place for breastfeeding will be subject to fines. Unfortunately the use of the phrase "public place" means that private business owners will not fall under the legislation. In other words, it's a start, but it still doesn't go far enough.
From Channel 3000 News:
The ordinance bars anyone from interfering with breastfeeding or pumping in public places. The measure was prompted by recent reports of mothers being escorted off planes or even out of Camp Randall Stadium because of where they've chosen to breastfeed, WISC-TV reported.
The council's decision parallels the progress made by similar legislation around the region. The Dane County Board of Supervisors passed a nearly identical measure earlier this month and state Sen. Fred Risser said that he will introduce a similar bill at the state level.
Hat tip to Angela for spotting this one first.