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Michigan May Outlaw Asking Women To Stop Breastfeeding

By Roger Sinasohn |

266172_8748_smMost states have some form of protection for women who choose to breastfeed their children.  California, for example, along with forty-two other states, specifically allows women to breastfeed in any public or private location where they have a right to be.  In Michigan, women who are breastfeeding do not have quite the protection accorded them in California but they are, at least, exempt from laws concerning public indecency.  A bill currently under consideration in the state house would change that, if passed.


The law would alter the state’s Civil Rights Act in order to protect nursing mothers from discrimination.  “It’s sad that it’s even needed,” noted Rebeca Reyna, a 35-year-old mother and lactation counselor.  I have to agree with Reyna; breastfeeding is what breasts were originally designed for and to think that the act of feeding an innocent baby is somehow wrong or dirty is, in my opinion, pretty twisted.  But, of course, nothing is as simple as that.

Michigan is one of the states that still do not offer full equality to and protection from discrimination for members of the gay and lesbian community and the Civil Rights Act seems better suited to protecting groups of people rather than activities.  I am definitely in favor of protecting a woman’s right to breastfeed in public, but given that there is already a modicum of protection on the books and a huge group of people is still denied a basic civil right, I have to wonder if this bill is a good idea.

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0 thoughts on “Michigan May Outlaw Asking Women To Stop Breastfeeding

  1. Bluster says:

    You have to take what you can get from legislatures. And then, a few steps forward in one area can open the mind to other misconceptions. Who knows, this could lead to legislators better fitted to the 21st century that the 19th.

  2. PlumbLucky says:

    Um, yes, it is a good idea. It’d also be a good idea for Michigan to get on the stick and realize that they need to update the Civil Rights Act further. I suspect they’re doing this with breastfeeding and the CRA because I believe its the most broad-reaching scope in the state (i.e. entities wouldn’t be able to claim themselves exempt).

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  4. frisbee22 says:

    I don’t understand why gay marriage has anything to do with whether or not? I should be able to FEED and nourish my baby when and wherever she needs it… I wish every topic didn’t get turned into a gay debate or a race debate… Yes laws do need to be changed in other areas as well but lets stick to one subject at a time.

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