France Came Up With a Law to Protect Women Who Breastfeed in Public

Breast milk is essential for infants, studies say. Breastfed babies have stronger immune systems, lower illness rates, and fewer hospitalizations. However, breastfeeding continues to be a controversial issue. Women breastfeeding in public are subjected to judgment and insults.

The new law will fine breastfeeding obstructors.

Earlier, France had no law concerning breastfeeding in public places. Although there was no direct restriction, women still were facing negativity while breastfeeding in public. But now it seems like that’s starting to change. The National Assembly of France has recently proposed the establishment of a law that will punish those who obstruct breastfeeding. The law will treat the attempt to prevent a woman from breastfeeding as an offense and slam offenders with a fine of €1,500 ($1,780).

The law was crucial for women’s safety.

France Came Up With a Law to Protect Women Who Breastfeed in Public

The necessity to establish this law became clear after another unpleasant incident recently happened to a mother breastfeeding publicly while waiting in line. She was breastfeeding her baby and got insulted by a woman who was also standing in the line. The mother, Maÿlis, found the courage and strength to speak out about her experience online. Her story went viral and pushed the government to take action on the issue.