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Policy Summary

Makes it an offense against public policy for anyone to interfere with a mother's right (or her surrogate's right) to breastfeed in any location where she is lawfully allowed to be, except private homes.

Background Information

State Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Name Madison
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Prohibits/discourages something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

Refers to women, children (§ 23.37).

Health-related goal?
Yes

Support for breastfeeding supports public health goals.

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

"Any person who intentionally interferes with a mother's or her surrogate's attempts to breastfeed her child or express breast milk shall be subject to a forfeiture of not less than $25.00 nor more than $250.00 for each such violation." (§ 23.37)

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 23 (Offenses Against Public Policy). Ordinances: Created by ORD -07-00012, 2-2-07.