Oklahoma



Public Breastfeeding Law

Section 1-234.1 – Legislative Declaration – Breast-Feeding – Where Permitted – Not Criminal
The Legislature hereby declares that breast-feeding a baby constitutes a basic act of nurturing to which every baby has a right and which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. In furtherance of this right, a mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. Breast-feeding shall not constitute a violation of any provision of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Enforcement Provision

None

Workplace Pumping Law

A. An employer may provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to breast-feed or express breast milk for her child to maintain milk supply and comfort. The break time, if possible, shall run concurrently with any break time, paid or unpaid, already provided to the employee. An employer is not required to provide break time under this section if to do so would create an undue hardship on the operations of the employer.

B. An employer may make a reasonable effort to provide a private, secure, and sanitary room or other location in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express her milk or breast-feed her child.

C. The Department of Health shall issue periodic reports on breast-feeding rates, complaints received, and benefits reported by both working breast-feeding mothers and employers.

D. As used in this section:

1. “Employer” means a person engaged in business who has one or more employees, including the state and any political subdivision of the state;

2. “Employee” means any person engaged in service to an employer in the business of the employer;

3. “Reasonable efforts” means any effort that would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer’s business; and

4. “Undue hardship” means any action that requires significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to factors such as the size of the business, its financial resources, and the nature and structure of its operation

Enforcement Provision

None apparent



2 Responses to “Oklahoma”

  1. Lembayung says:

    I supplemented with two of my three chiderln.With my first, I just wasn’t comfortable with the idea of breastfeeding in public, so I’d use formula when we were somewhere other than home. I didn’t give a specific amount. I was a feed on demand kind of mother. I also returned to work full-time after he was born, so Daddy fed formula when I couldn’t be around to breastfeed.With our second, I exclusively breastfed until we had to move due to a reassignment with the military. During that move, I supplemented. Again, I fed on demand.With our third, I wasn’t capable of breastfeeding, so he was formula fed only.

  2. what?? says:

    It’s sad you or anyone else has to feel uncomfortable nursing your baby in public, it should never be that way. Oklahoma needs better laws especially on this! ugh this state is so ignorant and backwards..