“Breastfeeding is the most complete and natural form of nutrition for babies, and it also provides health benefits for new mothers,” Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett said in a statement. “We are fortunate to live in a city that protects a mother’s right to breastfeed anywhere, anytime.”
The New York Civil Liberties Union states that nursing mothers have the right to breast-feed in public places, including day care centers, doctors’ offices, restaurants, parks, movie theaters, and more. No one in New York is allowed to tell a woman to go to a bathroom, basement, or private room if she is breastfeeding in public.
Main image: One of five lactation pods set up around New York City
Courtesy New York City Department of Health