Senate OKs allowing breast-feeding in public

March 09, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Maryland Senate unanimously approved a bill yesterday that would guarantee women the right to breast-feed their children in public.

The bill, backed by the state's nine female senators, was prompted in part by an incident involving a Reisterstown woman who was asked not to breast-feed her child on a bench in a toy store.

The measure will move to the House of Delegates.

About half the states in the country have such laws.

Approximately 60 percent of new mothers in Maryland breast-feed their babies, according to the state health department.

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