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Breastfeeding exemption passes House

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— The bill that would allow mothers in Idaho to breastfeed in public passed the Idaho House Thursday, Feb. 22.

Idaho is the only state in the U.S. that does not provide protections for breastfeeding mothers for day-to-day application. The one legal protection the state has allows mothers who are breastfeeding to be exempted from jury duty.

Bill sponsor Rep. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene, who is the father of an infant, said he believes Idaho should have passed this legislation long ago.

“Personally, I find it disappointing,” Amador said.

In 2003, Rep. Bonnie Douglas, a democrat also of Coeur d’Alene, introduced a similar bill that said a mother had the right to breastfeed in public “irrespective of whether the nipple is exposed during or incidental to breastfeeding.”

While Douglas’s bill, H235, died before reaching the House, Amador’s received unanimous support in both the committee and House.

The bill passed the House 66-0 without discussion. It will next be up to Idaho senators and governor whether the bill becomes law.



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