In accordance with Federal law, employers are required to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
Texas enacted comprehensive laws in 1995 which clarified that women have a right to breastfeed wherever the mother has a right to be. That means at the park, in the mall, at the grocery store, at a restaurant, in a movie theater – any public place. No one would deny a baby a bottle when he is hungry, and they can’t deny him a breast, either. Moreover, it also set up standards for employers to advertise themselves as ‘mother-friendly’ if they follow breastfeeding support policies. Texas also has a statute governing human milk banks and a policy which requires health insurers to provide breastfeeding training and assistance to mothers discharged early from the hospital.