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There are two things wrong with the law in it’s current form.  First, there is no enforcement provision written into the law.  People who unlawfully harass breastfeeding mothers cannot suffer any consequences for their actions.  Because there are no consequences, the harassment continues unabated.  As an example, if the law said you could not drive on Tuesdays, but it did not allow for any form of punishment, you would probably still drive on Tuesdays.  In order for a law to be effective, there must be an enforcement provision in place.  Second, the current law does not exempt the mother from indecent exposure statutes.  This means that a breastfeeding woman could be taken into custody for feeding her child outside of her own home.  Under this interpretation of the law, a breast-feeding mother is no different than someone who exposes their genitals in public.  This loophole is often used to threaten and intimidate women who choose to feed their children whenever and wherever they happen to be hungry.  This was what happened to Dawn Holland and Nirvana Jennette. The harassment was so severe in Dawn Holland’s case that the manager of Applebee’s called the police on her for feeding her child.  This type of intimidation is unlawful and wrong; it undermines the well-being of mothers and babies by deterring a mother from feeding her child when the child is hungry.  This can lead to negative consequences for both mother and child including early cessation of breastfeeding, poor infant growth, maternal isolation/depression, plugged ducts/mastitis, and much more.

Current Georgia Public Breastfeeding Law
Georgia Code – Health – Title 31, Section 31-1-9

The breast-feeding of a baby is an important and basic act of nurture which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. A mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother and baby are otherwise authorized to be.

Our mission is to establish legislative change for the State of Georgia with a comprehensive breastfeeding protection law. Currently Georgia state law allows a mother to nurse her child anywhere that mother and child have permission to be, but there is no enforcement provision. A law without enforcement protects no one. New comprehensive breastfeeding legislation would provide for action against anyone subjecting a nursing mother to harassment or discrimination in violation of the current state breastfeeding law, as well as protection from all indecent exposure laws. Additionally, Breastfeeding Peaches of Georgia is not stopping with Georgia. We strive to get all 50 states on board with a comprehensive breastfeeding law.

Join us as we are gearing up for 2013′s legislative session by going to our contact information and subscribing to our various media outreaches!

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