Charlottesville moms are celebrating a new Virginia law that protects women who breastfeed in public from being told to cover up or get out.
Wednesday the Blue Ridge Breastfeeding Coalition invited moms to a lunchtime "Nurse Out" in Lee Park to bring attention to a new law that went into effect.The law protects a mother's right to breastfeed any place she is "lawfully present,” including stores, restaurants, pools, and gyms.
“It was never against the law for a mom to breastfeed her baby in public, but now her right to be there and feed her baby is protected. So, you can't have a shopkeeper say ‘you may not breastfeed here,’ because mom's allowed to be there and she's not breaking any law,” said Valerie Goodman of the Blue Ridge Breastfeeding Coalition.
Lactation consultants set up tents in Lee Park to share information with moms about breastfeeding and the protections under the new law.