Caption: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signs a bill into law on March 9, 2015 that will protect Virginia mothers who choose to breastfeed in public after July 1, 2015. Currently, and until the law goes into effect, Virginia is only one of three states that does not protect breastfeeding mothers in public spaces. The Commonwealth’s current law promises not to arrest nursing mothers for indecent exposure. Photo Virginia Governor’s Office.
A new law supporting Virginia mothers’ rights to breastfeed in public becomes takes effect on July 1, 2015, but will the legislated public policy make a difference in a conservative Commonwealth with a notorious history of suppressing women’s rights and boasting a formula company dominated hospital culture with only four (two after this article initially appeared) CDC recommended Baby-Friendly hospitals?
How could Virginia families use the new law to create a supportive breastfeeding culture in their local communities and state? How are other states making breastfeeding the cultural norm? Lisa Reagan shares her home state’s breastfeeding history and interviews other state activists for their insights.
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