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Breastfeeding Laws

Legislation Cards

Printable Legislation Cards available in English and in Spanish

Wallet Cards with this information are available free of charge in English and Spanish. To request a card or a larger supply of cards, use the Breastfeeding Legislation Card Order Form or contact Amanda Morgan at 405-426-8536 or 1-888-655-2942.

Legislation Timeline

  • 2021 - SB 121, Each school district shall provide lactating employees paid breaks and a private, secure and sanitary location (other than a toilet stall) to express milk or breastfeed their child.          
  • 2020 - SB 1877, Oklahoma state owned public buildings are required to provide breastfeeding employees a hygienic place to express milk or breastfeed at work (other than a bathroom), shielded from view and free from intrusion, with a chair, working surface, and an electrical outlet.
  • 2020 - SB 285, Oklahoma state agencies are required to provide breastfeeding employees paid break time to use a designated lactation room.
  • 2010 - National Breastfeeding Law - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Employers shall provide reasonable break time and a private place for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year.
  • 2006 - HB 2358, Oklahoma breastfeeding mothers may use unpaid break and meal times to breastfeed or express breast milk at work. Employers are urged to provide a private area (other than a toilet stall) for this purpose.
  • 2004 - HB 2102, Oklahoma mothers have the right to breastfeed anywhere they have a right to be, and shall be excused from jury duty upon request.

Breastfeeding and Oklahoma Businesses

Have you visited a business that was breastfeeding friendly?
Let us know and they will receive a thank you letter.

Does your employer support breastfeeding?
Encourage your employer to apply to be an Oklahoma Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite

Are you discouraged from expressing milk or from breastfeeding during work hours?
Tell us and we will send a letter with information about Oklahoma's laws and the Oklahoma Worksite Recognition Initiative.

Have you been asked to leave a public place because you were breastfeeding?
Tell us and we will send a letter with information about Oklahoma’s laws.
Tips for handling criticism while nursing in public

 

Helpful Links

For more information about Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Activities, contact us:

Nancy Bacon, MS, RDN/LD, CDCES
Nutrition Consultant                       
Maternal and Child Health Service
Phone: (405) 426-8113
Fax: (405) 900-7580                             

Amanda Morgan, MPH, RDN/LD, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Education Coordinator
WIC (Women, Infant & Children)
Phone: (405) 426-8500
Toll Free: 1(888) 655-2942


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Maternal and Child Health Service
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave, Ste 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Maternal and Child Health Service
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 426-8113
Fax: (405) 900-7580

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