Tennessee

Tennessee

Public Breastfeeding Law

”A mother has a right to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present. §68-58-102. The act of breastfeeding shall not be considered: (1) Public indecency as defined in §39-13-511; or (2) Nudity, obscene, or sexual conduct as defined in §39-17-901. §68-58-103. A unit of local government shall not prohibit breastfeeding in public by local ordinance. SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-13-511, is amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated subsection: (c) The provisions of this section do not apply to a mother who is breastfeeding her child who is twelve (12) months of age or younger in any location, public or private. SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring” (2006 Tenn. Law, Chap. 617; HB 3582) SENATE BILL NO. 83 “SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 68-58-101, is amended by deleting the language "who is twelve (12) months of age or younger" in its entirety. SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-13-511 (d), is amended by deleting the language "who is twelve (12) months of age or younger" in its entirety. SECTION 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011, the public welfare requiring it.”

Work Place Pumping Law

"Employers are required to provide reasonable daily unpaid break time to employees who need to express breast milk for their infant children unless doing so would unduly disrupt the employer's business. If possible, this break shall run concurrently with any other break time already provided. Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide employees with a private space close to their work area, other than a toilet stall, to express breast milk. This law applies to all employers. Tenn. Code Ann. § 50-1-305.

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