Public Breastfeeding Law

17-25-7. No county, municipality or other political subdivision shall enact any
ordinance restricting a woman’s right to breast-feed her child until such time as the state
may authorize a county, municipality or other political subdivision to enact such an
SECTION 3. A mother may breast-feed her child in any location, public or private,
where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, without respect to whether the mother’s
breast or any part of it is covered during or incidental to the breast-feeding.

For the purposes of this section, the term “nudity” means uncovered, or less than opaquely covered, postpubertal human genitals, pubic areas, the postpubertal human female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola, or the covered human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state. For purposes of this definition, a female breast is considered uncovered if the nipple only or the nipple and areola only are uncovered, however, the term “nudity” does not include a woman’s breast-feeding of her child whether or not the breast or any part of it is exposed as any element of breastfeeding.


(3) The act of breast-feeding shall not constitute disorderly conduct.


(2) The act of breast-feeding shall not constitute a breach of the peace.

Enforcement Provision


Workplace Pumping Law

2010 Mississippi Code
Chapter 1 – Employer and Employee.
71-1-55 – Discrimination against breast-feeding mother who uses lawful break time to express milk prohibited.
§ 71-1-55. Discrimination against breast-feeding mother who uses lawful break time to express milk prohibited.

No employer shall prohibit an employee from expressing breast milk during any meal period or other break period provided by the employer.

Sources: Laws, 2006, ch. 520, § 12, eff from and after passage (approved Apr. 3, 2006.)

Enforcement Provision

§ 71-1-53. Penalty for violation of this chapter

Any corporation or person or manager of any company or partnership who violates any of the provisions of this chapter for which a penalty is not otherwise provided shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($ 25.00) nor more than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($ 250.00) for each offense; and each day’s violation shall constitute a separate offense.


11 Responses to “Mississippi”

  1. […] browsing through the list, I have decided that Mississippi‘s breastfeeding law is fairly straightforward, but like most other states, it has no […]

  2. mandi hillenburg says:

    i really think more places should offer a room to comfortably breastfeed children. i am still breastfeeding my daughter and i look for a place to feed her except the bathroom.i believe that people do not eat in there so my daughter will not eat in the bathroom either. some places offer an extra room off the bathroom with a couch and im ok with that. in other countries the only way to feed your baby is breastfeeding them. why is it so different here in our FREE country??

  3. T. Curl says:

    I was told a supervisor (male) where I work that a male co-worker could file a sexual harassment suit against me for pumping breast-milk in the car when he could not see or was not sure that I was even doing so. So, you can only imagine I felt with him making that statement. My immediate supervisor (female without kids of her own) told me I could go to the bathroom and pump–even though I have a private office with a door.

    My milk dried up due to not being allowed to pump when I needed to by my supervisors and I was very distraught because I know how important breast-milk is for my child. I tried supplements, teas, and anything to try and get my milk back flowing again, but it was too late.

  4. Tasha says:

    Can you put a restraining order that prohibits a breastfeeding mother not to see her child?

  5. Monica says:

    I was told by my employer that if I wanted to pump my milk, I had to do it in the bathroom. I was allowed to use my supervisors office but the next day her supervisor told her to tell me that if I was going to do so that I needed to do it in the bathroom and not her office. Is that lawful?

  6. Melissa says:

    I would like to know who I would speak with to get this law voided. I don’t know who in their right mind proposed this law.

  7. Gina says:

    What constitutes a break time at an office job? Could I not be considered “working” if pumping in my office with the door closed? Also, I have covered the window on the door to my office, and each day someone removes the paper covering the window. This person, who is in a supervisory position, was told why the window was covered and responded that she did not care and that it could not be covered “at all.”

    • admin says:

      If you are in a salaried position without set breaktime, your employer can require that you use the designated pump space. But you can not be penalized for taking the breaks.