Public Breastfeeding Law

2010 Maryland Code
Subtitle 8 – Breast-feeding
Section 20-801 – Breast-feeding of children.
§ 20-801. Breast-feeding of children.

(a) In general.- A mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location in which the mother and child are authorized to be.
(b) Restriction of right prohibited.- A person may not restrict or limit the right of a mother to breast-feed her child.

[2003, ch. 369.]

Enforcement Provision


Workplace Pumping Law


Enforcement Provision


9 Responses to “Maryland”

  1. mikaela says:

    im going to md this weekend and breastfeed my 5 month old daughter. if someone tries to say anything while out in public do I just say that I am legally able to be there and breastfeed? ive never had any problems in pa so I just want to make sure that i’m correct with what I think I would do.

    • admin says:

      Please look at the Maryland state page to learn your public breastfeeding protections in Maryland. You don’t have any legal protection in Pennsylvania. I doubt you will have more interference in Maryland than in Pennsylvania (it is relatively rare everywhere). But it is always smart to know what your option are in case something happens.

    • Stephanie says:

      The enforcement provision means that charges can be brought upon the person who asked you to not nurse in public.

  2. Melanie says:

    My son is refusing to take a bottle at this time, so I don’t need to pump while at work, I actually need to go out to my car and feed my son (I live 5 mins from where I work and my husband can easily bring him to me). I would need just 2 15 min unpaid breaks per day to feed him, but my employer says I am not allowed to feed my son on the premises (even in my private vehicle covered up) and I am only allowed to leave the premises on my 1/2 unpaid lunch break and I’m not allowed to break up my lunch break into 2 15 min breaks. Is there anything in the law that covers actually breastfeeding my child while at work? I don’t want to lose my job (which is at a hospital no less!) over feeding my little boy!

    • admin says:

      Maryland, as you can see, has no workplace pumping law. Therefore, your employer need not give you pump breaks or allow you to pump on the premises.

      • R B says:

        Admin, you are incorrect about this. There is a federal law that requires employers to allow for breastfeeding women to pump and provide a space for them. It was a part of the Affordable Care Act.

  3. DoN NPSHV says:

    Does the Maryland law provide protection for mothers not having to cover while breastfeeding in public?