Louisiana State Laws
Recently Passed Laws
HB 635, Act No. 87- Enacts R.S. 17:81(W), relative to local school board powers and duties; to require city, parish, and other local public school boards to adopt policies to require schools to provide certain accommodations for employees to express breast milk.
R.S. 49:148.4.1, will require at least 10 owned state owned buildings to provide/construct a space (that is not a bathroom) suitable for expressing milk and/or breastfeeding a child (should a private space be sought by the mother). Click here to read the full text of the law.
Louisiana Breastfeeding Sales Tax Exemption- Act 331 of the 2011 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature enacts La. R.S. 47:305.67 to create an exemption from state sales and use tax for breastfeeding items beginning October 1, 2011. For more information about the tax exemption click here. Address questions about the breastfeeding sales tax exemption to the Louisiana Department of Revenue Special Programs Division at 225-219-7462, Option 3, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Other Breastfeeding Laws in Louisiana
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 46. 1409 B 5 prohibits any child care facility from discriminating against breastfed babies. (HB 233) The law leaves enforcement to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 51. 2247.1 (2001) states that a mother may breastfeed her baby in any place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement, and clarifies that breastfeeding is not a violation of law, including obscenity laws. (2001 HB 377) The law leaves enforcement to the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights.
La. House Concurrent Resolution 35 (2002) establishes a joint study of requiring insurance coverage for outpatient lactation support for new mothers.
2008 La. Senate Resolution 110 requests the Department of Health & Hospitals to study and/or consider a provision of providing non-emergency transportation for new mothers to allow them to visit the hospital and bring their breast milk for their babies.
If you encounter violation of these laws, please contact: Marci Brewer at 410-925-9834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.