Congratulations to the breastfeeding women in the state of Virginia! Yesterday, Governor Terry McAulifffe signed bipartisan legislation that allows women to breastfeed anywhere they are legally allowed to be. The law will take effect July 1, 2015.
Prior to this law, a woman breastfeeding in Virginia was only allowed to do in a government facility (whether it is owned, leased or controlled by the Commonwealth). This means a woman could be arrested if she were to breastfeed in a public or private establishment, but with the new legislation, both public and private businesses must allow a woman to nurse her child wherever she is.
Nursing mom Andrea Skeens says she is thankful for this change coming. “I think it’s a great thing. I think it’s about time we protect a mom’s, but especially a baby’s, right to eat wherever they are hungry, just like adults can eat wherever they are hungry.”
We at momspumphere.com think this is wonderful news and we look forward to reporting similar stories on the two states that still have laws against breastfeeding, Idaho and South Dakota.