Public Breastfeeding Law

65-1,248. Breastfeeding; where. (a) Breast milk is widely acknowledged to be the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infant’s health, growth, immunity and development and has also been shown to improve maternal health and bonding in addition to contributing to society at large through economic and environmental gains, it is therefore the public policy of Kansas that a mother’s choice to breastfeed should be supported and encouraged to the greatest extent possible.
(b) A mother may breastfeed in any place she has a right to be.

Enforcement Provision


Workplace Pumping Law


Enforcement Provision


11 Responses to “Kansas”

  1. Ashley Stagray says:

    I worked for an independantly owned McDonalds in Topeka, KS. Though we had less than 50 employees I was allowed to pump when needed.
    Same place only at the Veterans Administration Hospital I was not allowed to pump. I was told I needed to give my baby some Enfamil.
    It just varies depending on where you are. We need more enforcement. We need our own pumping law besides the Federal law.

    • admin says:

      Ashley, in my experience healthcare workers, particularly in hospital settings, are least likely to be accommodated by employers. Sadly ironic. :(

  2. Ashley says:

    I work at a nursing home and was able to pump whenever I needed to. My boss even offered to let me use her office because one of the empty rooms I used was being worked on.

  3. Gabrielle says:

    I work at a pharmacy in Wichita and I am able to pump and/or nurse my baby as needed. They don’t have to pay you while you do it, but it is mandatory that they give you a break to do so.

    • admin says:

      Actually under Kansas law, it is *not* mandatory that you be given a break Great that your employer is giving one!

  4. andrea jones says:

    A friend of mine was told to cover up with a blanket at a restaurant in el dorado. She knows the law and told the owner. He did not care and told her that asa private business owner he could make her leave. So sad.

  5. Emily G says:

    I am unclear. I can or cannot breastfeed anywhere? Does a private business have the right to ask me to stop or just to cover up?

    • admin says:

      Please please please read the article on breastfeeding in public that begins this website. The laws written here mean nothing if you don’t read the instructions for interpreting them.

      Short answer, Kansas has no enforcement provision so if you are asked to leave or cover up, there is nothing you can do to the store owner for breaking the law. The law of property also continues to apply which generally allows a public accommodation to convert an “invitee” (you) into a “trespasser” (who can be forced to leave upon notice and request) for any reason that is not discriminatory. This Kansas law does not create an enforceable civil right.