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October 19th, 2008, 09:43 AM
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apparently there are no laws regarding Massachusetts, where we moved in July. I'm going to look into who to write to initiate one. This is a weird state....we are historically democratic and one of the few states that now allow and recognize gay marriage. But I recently learned that MA was the first state to make vaccines mandatory and to outlaw midwifery.


what about your state?
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October 19th, 2008, 10:09 AM
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just says it's considered "not indecent exposure" and that businesses can designate "infant-friendly" which i dont' quite understand.

As far as midwifery and homebirth, it's allowed and even paid for by state medicaid.
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October 19th, 2008, 10:59 AM
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Georgia says you can breastfeed anywhere you're allowed to be otherwise, but you should do it in a discreet and modest way. I do agree with that, it doesn't bother me to see a woman breastfeeding but I think you can do it in a way that you're not flashing everyone. I wouldn't want a bunch of people seeing my boob anyways, I'm getting one of those nursing covers this time.

As for midwifery, it is a misdemeanor for them to attend a homebirth because it counts as practicing medicine without a license, and if they give you any kind of medication like Pitocin to stop bleeding, that is a felony. Obviously it's not stopping me though lol! We just have to keep it on the down low.
I'm pretty sure the laws are different in SC because they have birth centers there, and we are right on the border.

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October 19th, 2008, 03:40 PM
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Florida allows you to do it anywhere you and your child are allowed to be. It also says that you're protected from charges like indecent exposure, etc. It doesn't say anything about doing it in a discreet way, but I think that I would always do that anyway. I have no problem with the idea of breastfeeding in public, but you can bet that I'm not just going to be throwing my boobs around for everyone to see.

As for midwifery, it's legal in the state for licensed midwives, and is even reimbursable by private insurance companies and Medicaid.
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October 19th, 2008, 09:37 PM
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California is pretty breastfeeding friendly. You can nurse in public no problem. The only place you are not protected is someone else's home. Like if you were visiting your SIL and nursed in her home without permission to do so, she could call the police for indecent exposure.

Midwifery is practiced although I don't have any idea if Medical would pay for the care.
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October 20th, 2008, 06:50 AM
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"Like if you were visiting your SIL and nursed in her home without permission to do so, she could call the police for indecent exposure"

interesting......
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October 20th, 2008, 07:00 AM
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"Like if you were visiting your SIL and nursed in her home without permission to do so, she could call the police for indecent exposure"

interesting......[/b]
That's for sure....how crazy is that!
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October 20th, 2008, 09:43 AM
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The only law Idaho has regarding breastfeeding is that a breastfeeding mother is exempt from jury duty. I should write someone to get some more laws in place.

As far as midwifery, midwifes don't have to be certified in Idaho which causes a lot of issues. While it is legal for midwifes in Idaho to attend homebirths, there are very few that do due to the risk of being sued.
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October 22nd, 2008, 10:29 AM
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I live in Ontario Canada and have never heard of any laws regarding breast feeding!
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October 23rd, 2008, 06:28 AM
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Ga. Code § 31-1-9 (1999, 2002) allows a mother to breastfeed in any location where she is otherwise authorized to be, provided that she acts in a discreet and modest way. [Act 304; SB 29] The statute was amended in 2002 to add that the breastfeeding of a baby should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. (S.B. 221)

Ga. Code § 34-1-6 (1999) allows employers to provide daily unpaid break time for a mother to express breast milk for her infant child. Employers are also required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the work place for this activity. The employer is not required to provide break time if to do so would unduly disrupt the workplace operations.


I am impressed with GA, to be honest. When I was nursing my son, an kept myself well covered in a discrete place, I still would get looks from people. THat was back in 2000. Maybe things have changed. A lot of southerners are very private about personal things.
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October 23rd, 2008, 02:17 PM
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I think I have actually seen this before in a Mothering magazine but I'm not sure.

NH laws state: "that breastfeeding does not constitute indecent exposure and that limiting or restricting a mother's right to breastfeed is discriminatory."

Not bad I guess?
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