Public Breastfeeding Law

Georgia Code – Health – Title 31, Section 31-1-9

The breast-feeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. A mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be.

Enforcement Provision


Workplace Pumping Law

Georgia Code – Labor and Industrial Relations – Title 34, Section 34-1-6

(a) As used in this Code section, the term ’employer’ means any person or entity that employs one or more employees and shall include the state and its political subdivisions.

(b) An employer may provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her infant child. The employer may make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location (in close proximity to the work area), other than a toilet stall, where the employee can express her milk in privacy. The break time shall, if possible, run concurrently with any break time already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this Code section if to do so would unduly disrupt the operations of the employer.

Enforcement Provision

None. Law is entirely voluntary for the employer.

32 Responses to “Georgia”

  1. Amy says:

    What can be done to change this from otional to mandatory?

  2. kelsey says:

    Absolutely ridiculous that there is no enforcement provision. I don’t harrass people for eating in public, what gives anyone the right to harrass myself or my child? Change it!

    • admin says:

      If you live in Georgia, hook up with the breastfeeding activist movement there working on changing Georgia’s breastfeeding laws. Check around Facebook. There is a very active Georgia movement there. Or check with Michelle at Best For Babes and she may be able to hook you up with the workers of change.

  3. kelsey says:

    Thanks, i will definitely do that.

  4. Jessica Williams says:

    Hello! I am partner in Breastfeeding Peaches of Georgia. We are a non profit agency working to change the laws here. Please come check out our facebook page for more info and to see how you can help. We also have a petition started for legislation.

  5. Becky Talyn says:

    I was recently told by a lactation education student whose family lives in Georgia that this year they passed a law making it ILLEGAL to breastfeed in public in Georgia. Is this correct? If not, have any idea what she might have been referring to? If so, this is the only state with such a law, right?

    • admin says:

      There is no law in any state making in illegal to breastfeed in public. The laws you see on this page are the laws in Georgia concerning public breastfeeding.

  6. Katrina says:

    The law is written for a reason. I understand that breast milk is important in nurturing a child. By the same token, the content of the breast milk is only healthy when the mother leads a healthy lifestyle. Shouldn’t the same rules apply as in pregnancy? Everything you consume has an effect on the baby so the quality of breast milk is affected as well. I am so sick of these self-righteous girls ( I won’t call them women) when they whine about breast feeding is so healthy but they sit around and gossip while chugging down multiple beers and other alcoholic beverages. The “choice” to breast feed is a personal choice that should not affect other people around you. Breast feeding in public can be offensive to some people, especially in restaurants. I have the right of enjoying my food, that I spend my money on, without looking up to see someone pulling out their breast. Covering up would solve that issue. For all you self-righteous liberals who say your baby has a right to eat too, why don’t you either express milk for public restaurant use or pay for me to enjoy my meal in an atmosphere where there are women courteous enough to cover up?

    In addition, I don’t feel that a woman that has to express milk should be given mandatory breaks outside her regular breaks. It is not fair to other employees like myself and the men in the office. Breaks in the office are designed in the workplace for a reason. It is not only unfair, but I consider that to be a violation of my constitutional rights that I don’t get the same preferential treatment. Before all the bashing comments starts, I breast fed all five of my children for the first year. I pumped milk for going out in public places and breast fed at home. I went back to work after my six weeks of maternity leave and expressed milk only on my prescribed breaks. I was not shallow enough to think that I should get special treatment. I took my co-workers feelings into account of my actions and how it would affect them. Maybe some of you selfish girls should do the same.

    • admin says:

      You certainly have the right to your opinion. However you should know that you do not have a right, constitutional or otherwise, to enjoy your food or to have a break at work. And no state gives pumping women pumping breaks in addition to regular breaks.

    • Kristen says:

      What is so offensive about a woman feeding her child? What is so offensive about a breast serving its sole purpose of feeding an infant?

      What if I find it offensive the way you chew your food with your mouth open? I find that offensive and it may cause me to lose my appetite, however there are no laws preventing you from continuing to do so. Breastfeeding is exactly the same.

    • Jane says:

      I am honestly stunned to discover that public breastfeeding is an issue. This country is out of its mind! A lactating mother can feed her child for free. How on earth can any one expect that a mother should buy a pump or a bottle or hide! or not leave the house? Get real. Just what is it that is offensive? It boggles the mind. I wish I could breast feed all over town! As far as pumping and working – I never even asked my employer for permission. I simply told them I would use the equipment room to pump. I typically didn’t take breaks except for lunch so pumping breaks gave me a little extra time away from my desk, but my employer never batted an eye! I do understand that different jobs may present obstacles to pumping easily. Ignorance was bliss. I never would have imagined this to be an issue. I can’t say that enough. I am just flabbergasted.

    • Monica says:

      I am truly shocked that as a mother who breastfed, you take such an aggressively negative and offensive stance. We live in a society, and as a result, all of our choices affect everyone…that is the nature of a society. You are entitled to your opinion, of course. But the same should be said in return. Just as you lived your life and made your own personal choices regarding the BF issue, so others are entitled to the same, however they see fitting.
      America is very much a self-serving nation. ” I have the right to….” If everyone is for their own good, than who if for the good of all…. You can call that liberal if you want, but Europe has this perspective (Germany gives 1 year of maternity leave paid, England is up to 9 months) and their family and society structure is far superior to America, in my opinion.

    • Nikole says:

      Katrina… You do have a right to your opinion. So do I. I take offense to you assuming that ever mother who breastfeeds in public is a liberal. I am not a liberal. In fact I am extremely conservative both religiously and politically. But I do feed my child wherever he may need to be fed. Do not assume you know me. Do not label people and place them in nice, neat little boxes. God intended for me to nurse my children and I will do that as I see fit. If you don’t like it stop looking.

  7. Nicole says:

    It needs to be made manditory. I work in Georgia as a home health aid. Because I am on company time in the home, I will not be allowed to pump for my little guy. When I go back to work, I will be working a full 8 hour stretch. This is heartbreaking to me.

    • alisha says:

      I work at an assistants living home an am terrified that they will tell me that i can’t pump at work. being that i refuse to bottle feed my baby. don’t know what to do. have not asked yet trying to find all i can about the law first

      • admin says:

        As you can see on this page, Georgia’s workplace pumping law is entirely optional on the part of the employer. It is necessary for you to negotiate this with your employer directly.

  8. Katelyn says:

    So it should be legal for me to wear a low-cut shirt that shows everything but my nipple, yet I shouldn’t be allowed to breastfeed my baby? In the process of which, by the way, my nipple is usually covered up anyway because it’s in my HUNGRY child’s mouth? Gracious. The problem lies in the highly sexualized view this country has of breasts. Wish we could fix that, but in the mean time, maybe we can start with it being ok to feed an infant in public.

    • Monica says:

      I completely agree!
      I think the movement against breastfeeding has a lot to do with the male chauvinistic view that breasts are only meant for men’s sexual pleasure. I don’t have a problem with the sexual part. But the whole reason breasts are an attractive sexual object is because of the animal instinct “these breasts will be good nourishment for the potential children she will bear.” It’s just unfortunate when other women prescribe to this destructive idea

  9. Monica says:

    I am shocked that a mother who has breastfed her children would take such a negative and aggressive stance towards other women who have chosen to breastfeed. I believe the poor nutritional consumption by the BF women you mention is probably a small percentage. It is likely their bodies would not sustain milk production for a prolonged period. It takes a village to raise a child, however, America is so self serving that this view is fading. Look at Europe where society is not only encouraging but protective of mothers, fathers, and child rearing.
    Katelyn, I agree. I believe the movement AGAINST breastfeeding stems partly from the male chauvinistic view that breasts are solely for the sexual satisfaction of men. It is kind of backwards since the primate attraction to big breasts comes from the idea that those breast are good for “nourishing the babies this woman will bear for me.” Our society is all backwards. These children our the future, and why not keep that in mind when we feel the urge to be offended? We need to support each other as women, not be negative and tear each other down for making a sacrifice. We have ALL chosen to do it differently and we should ALL respect that.

  10. Monica says:

    Lastly, for all the mama’s who breastfeed your babies….you are the most self-sacrificing, self-less women out there. How dare anyone tell you otherwise. Katrina, I would expect that you would know that sacrifice better than anyone.

    signed, mom of 3 – currently EBF 8 month old twins.

  11. Sarah Vanden Bremt says:

    I’m from Belgium and will be in Georgia on holiday this April. Just to be clear: I can bf my then 16month old daughter anywhere I want?

    • admin says:

      Again, please read the articles to understand how these laws work. You have no protection against harassment or being asked to leave a space for breastfeeding in public in Georgia.

  12. Sarah Vanden Bremt says:

    And one more question: what does ‘enforcement provision’ mean?

    • admin says:

      This is the federal law, not the Georgia law. Please see the Federal page on this website to understand the limitations of that law.

  13. Catherine says:

    Does my employer have to provide a space for me within my own building to pump? I work for a company with many buildings within 5 miles. Can my employer ask that I drive to another building (5 minutes) away by car to pump three times per day?

    • admin says:

      Under Georgia law, as you can see above, your employer has no legal obligation to accommodate your pumping at all. The law is entirely optional.

  14. Julie says:

    Katrina: who is the selfish girl here when YOU want to enact laws that restrict other women’s freedoms in order to push your personal views on others to make yourself happy? I don’t believe that your story about being a working, pumping and breastfeeding mother is true. I think you made that up to lend credence to your archaic views.

  15. Molly says:

    While I am protected to breastfeed in Georgia, and I use a cover, simply for my comfort…on occasion an accidental exposure may occur. Am I protected from being charged with indecency or lewd behavior?

    • admin says:

      While Georgia does not appear to have a breastfeeding exemption to indecent exposure law, no breastfeeding woman has EVER been charged with indecent exposre anywhere in the US. Ever.