Public breastfeeding is already protected by Texas law, BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!.....
IT'S NOT ENFORCED, SO MOMS GET HARRASSED, BOOTED, AND EMBARRASSED ALL THE TIME :-(
HB 1706, the new bill re-introduced this month in Texas would change all that to let proud mommies breastfeed their little babies in open public rather than cooties filled bathrooms. If any person or business harrass, discriminate, or banish moms for public nursing, they could LEGALLY sue and be COMPENSATED for their emotional distress.
The bill would also actively educate business owners on moms rights for puclicly expressing breast milk through breastfeeding or breast pumping, and instruct state agencies to develop mother-friendly policies in the workplace.
The main goal is to lower or even eliminate frequent harassment Texas moms get while breastfeeding in public through awareness and acceptance.
The bill was first introduced in 2013 but was never voted on, it's being re-introduced this January 2015. If the bill passes into law, it'll be a long overdue victory for Texas nursing moms. It'll also send a message to other states that don't currently enforce the rights of moms to breastfeed in public. I've never seen hungry adults happy to eat their meal in a public restroom so why should a fragile baby who's way more susceptable to germs and infection. Breastfeeding and pumping are natural and shameless acts to be proud of. Moms shouldn't be forced to feel otherwise.
Laws in 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands give women the right to nurse in public, but most don't have an enforcement clause. Let's help build awareness and momentum for HB 1706, this bill just might protect our nursing moms in the Lonestar State.