Breastfeeding legal rights

Infant Feeding Specialist Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC, explains what the legal rights are that protect mothers when breastfeeding in public
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Breastfeeding legal rights

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Legal rights to breastfeed your baby in public have been protected by the passage of California state code 43-3 in 1979. This code has served as the basis of insuring breastfeeding freedom in public to all nursing mothers. It's being used for other codes in other states and it is currently being used in the National Healthcare Act that is pending to set up protection for nursing mothers. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, to ensure your rights there is a group that has been formed nationally called First Right. You can reach them at www.firstright.org and this is a group of lawyers that are there to support and protect your right for breastfeeding, and they give you free legal advice.

Infant Feeding Specialist Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC, explains what the legal rights are that protect mothers when breastfeeding in public

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Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC

Infant Feeding Specialist

Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC holds a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in home and internet consults for new mother/infant couples from birth through two years of age. She covers early breastfeeding questions such as learning to trust the breast, establishing a good milk supply, sore nipples, colic and reflux; as well as “back to work” protocols for the working mother and “transitioning to solids” at six months per the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization guidelines, plus food wars and gentle weaning guidelines for the older infant. In addition, she has written for LA Family Magazine and Mothering Magazine, and leads infant feeding workshops throughout the community. With the wisdom of motherhood still largely negated or ignored, she specializes in combining ancient matriarchal traditions with modern science to help the new mother transition into the time-honored role of nurturing her baby with body and breast. She continues to pursue the goal of redefining the human infant feeding norm as breastfeeding or breastmilk for all children.

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