Existing Legislation & Legislative Efforts

Current Laws

…in Texas

Government Code Chapter 619

The 84th Legislature passed HB 786 in 2015, creating a new law to support working mothers who want to breastfeed their babies! Chapter 619 provides Texas’ salaried public employees with time and a place to pump at work.

Health and Safety Code 165

Passed in 1995, Health and Safety Code 165 asserts a mother’s right to breastfeed anywhere she is authorized to be, and created the Mother-Friendly Worksite designation.


Learn more about federal breastfeeding law here

Fair Labor Standards Act

By federal law, all nonexempt (generally, hourly) employees are afforded the right to time and a place to pump at work.

Right to Breastfeed on Federal Property

A woman may breastfeed in a federal building or on federal property if otherwise authorized to be there.

Legislative Efforts

Breastfeeding mothers face many barriers.  Support is imperative for this bipartisan, public health issue. Texas Breastfeeding Coalition endorsed several legislative solutions during the 2015 session to address some of the difficulties nursing mothers encounter. We have much to do for the next session and there are many ways that you can get involved! Find many resources for contacting your legislators to ask for their support here.