DC Law Protects Nursing Mothers

On December 7, 2007 Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed a new law. This law is called the “Child’s Right to Nurse Human Rights Amendment Act of 2007” (Bill B17-0133). The law makes it legal to breastfeed ANYWHERE a woman has the right to be with her child in DC.

The Law states that:

An employer shall provide reasonable daily unpaid break-time, as required by an employee so she may express breast milk for her child; and An employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide a sanitary room or other location in close proximity to the work area, other than a bathroom or toilet stall, where an employee can express her breast milk in privacy and security.

DC's Child's Right to Nurse Human Rights Amendment Act of 2007 Information

Breastfeeding Guidelines for DC Employers (Final Rule)

If you think you have been treated unfairly while breastfeeding contact: Office of Human Rights at 202-727-4559 to learn about filing a complaint. You can also find the steps you need to take in order to write a complaint at its website www.ohr.dc.gov. Complaints can be made in person or online. All the forms you need to write a complaint can be downloaded through OHR’s website.


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Medical Disclaimer: The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems, breastfeeding problems, or to take the place of professional medical care. If you have persistent breastfeeding problems, or if you have further questions, please consult your health care provider. The DC Breastfeeding Coalition does not share partnership with, or have any vested interest in, any of the businesses that may appear on this site, or sites that may be accessible by links herein contained.
Last Updated: April 2017