Iowa Laws

Iowa currently has 2 laws on breastfeeding.

  • House File #2350 (1994) pertains to jury duty and excuses a breastfeeding mother from jury duty if she provides the daily care of her child.
  • Senate File #2302 (1999) Breastfeeding in Public Places covers a mother breastfeeding her own child in any public place that she is authorized to be.

National Laws

All 50 states have laws pertaining to breastfeeding. A summary of the legislation by state can be found at http://www.llli.org/Law/LawBills.htm

FAQ: Workplace Support in Health Care Reform

Legisbrief Report on Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding

As policymakers look for additional ways to reduce health costs, they may want to consider the economic benefits of breastfeeding. The U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Services estimates that at least $3.6 billion in medical expenses could be saved each year if the number of children breastfed for at least six months increased to 50 percent, as recommended by the U.S. surgeon general. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Among babies born in the United States in 2006, only about 43 percent still were breastfed by age six months.

Download full report here.

Letter to Iowa Delegation

This is a letter sent to Iowa Delegation to encourage them to keep policies that protect and support breastfeeding families at the top of their "to do" list.