Gov. Snyder approves breastfeeding law - WNEM TV 5

Gov. Snyder approves breastfeeding law

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It's now the law in Michigan - mothers can breastfeed in public.

Michigan is now the 46th state to pass this type of legislation. 

For many this is somewhat surprising that it took so long to have this type of anti-discriminatory law on the books for breastfeeding moms. After all, everyone eats in public and according to lawmakers, and now the governor, so should a newborn baby.

Up until about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon it was legal to discriminate against a mother breastfeeding in public. 

Some Mid-Michigan residents said they had no idea and praise lawmakers' efforts to protect mothers and their children. 

Others said they never had an issue with moms breastfeeding in public, but say it's best to try and cover up as much as possible. 

"This is exciting," Shannon Polk said.

Polk is the executive director of the Michigan Breastfeeding Network. She and her team led efforts to implement what she calls a very necessary change in Michigan law.

"Studies have shown breastfeeding is paramount to an infant's health," Polk said.

There were plenty of people who said breastfeeding should be done in the privacy of the home, but the debate is over now. It's now illegal for people or businesses to ask a mother to stop breastfeeding. 

It's still unclear what the penalties will be for discriminating against a mother who is breastfeeding.

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