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Illinois Breastfeeding Law

The benefits of breastfeeding are huge and undeniable. Better dental health. More immunity. Less allergies. Increased vision. Lower risk of illness. Higher IQ. Increased bonding between the mother and child.

Illinois legislators seem to get things wrong a lot, but they got it right when it comes to the Right To Breastfeed Act. It says in part: A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding; however, a mother considering whether to breastfeed her baby in a place of worship shall comport her behavior with the norms appropriate in that place of worship.

In other words, you have a right to breastfeed your baby at work or in public. When it comes to your work, the Act is known as the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act. Your employer has to provide a reasonable, unpaid break time every day for you to feed your child or pump milk. Under the law, "An employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall."

We have received calls from women who are not given any break or are made to pump in the bathroom. That is against the law in Illinois.

If the law is violated and you sue, your employer has to pay for your attorney fees. As a result, there is no up front cost to bring one of these cases. You have a right to privacy, dignity and cleanliness.

If you have questions about this law or would like our help in finding a contingency attorney for a case (they only get paid if they win) call us at (312) 346-5320 or fill out our contact us form and we will call you.