Breastfeeding is perfectly legal in most public places in Massachusetts.

Under Mass. General Law chapter 111, section 221, it says:
“A mother may breastfeed her child in any public place where the mother and her child may otherwise lawfully be present.” No person or entity shall “restrict, harass or penalize a mother” who is breastfeeding her child. A civil action may be brought by a mother subjected to such harassment, and the court may award damages up to $500 and reasonable attorney fees. If someone is giving you a hard time, just show them your “License to Breastfeed” which informs them of your right to breastfeed.

License to Breastfeed Printable Card


Order your License to Breastfeed

(Coming Soon)


To file a complaint related to breastfeeding discrimination, contact the Civil Rights
Division of the Attorney General’s office:

617-727-2200 extension 2474.

You can also contact the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination:

Boston Office
 (617) 994-6000
Springfield Office
 (413) 739-2145
Worcester Office
 (508) 453-9630



Comments are closed