I remember working at Rite Aid in the mid-90s and saw a woman breast feeding her baby while waiting for her prescription to be picked up. I remember being a little shocked. Not because what I saw but because I didn’t think people could do that in public. I didn’t mind, certainly, but also didn’t know or even think to look up what was legal or not when it came to that.
I mean, you can’t have laws preventing people to eat, I wouldn’t think. That’d be inhumane.
Here we are, several years later, and some people still ask if it’s illegal or not to breast feed in a public setting. Could be the store, could be a restaurant, could be a public park — anywhere where a stranger could happen to see you.
Is it legal to breast feed in public?
It’s totally legal. You’re totally fine.
And nobody can say otherwise.
Well, they can, but it’ll fall on deaf ears as it’s a protected law.
In fact, according to LegalVoice.org:
You have the right to uncover your breast to breastfeed. It is not considered “indecent exposure.” No one can make you stop breastfeeding, cover yourself, move, or leave.
It’s nice to know things like this exist.
This was turned into consideration in 2001 where Breast feeding in public is not considered indecent exposure, according to law RCW 43.70, 9A.88.010.
Beyond that, in 2009 moms are also protected by anti-discrimination laws for all public places including libraries, busses, theaters, pools and pretty much anywhere else thanks to RCW 49.60.030 and 49.60.215.
You’re good. Keep up the good work.
LOOK: Baby names that are illegal around the world
Quiz: Do you know your state insect?
Stacker has used a variety of sources to compile a list of the official state insect(s) of each U.S. state, as well as their unique characteristics. Read on to see if you can guess which insect(s) represent your state.
WOOF: These are the most popular dog breeds in America
LOOK: Here are the states where you are most likely to hit an animal
Hitting an animal while driving is a frightening experience, and this list ranks all 50 states in order of the likelihood of such incidents happening, in addition to providing tips on how to avoid them.
QUIZ: Can you identify 50 famous companies by their logos?
How well do you know the logos of 50 of the world’s most famous companies? Keep scrolling to see if you can guess which icon belongs to which brand.
LOOK: 20 American foods that raise eyebrows outside of the US
LOOK: 25 must-visit hidden gems from across the US
LOOK: The 25 least expensive states to live in
LOOK: Baby boomer baby names that have gone out of style
LOOK: Here’s where people in every state are moving to most
25 richest families in America
LOOK: Must-do activities at every national park
States with the most registered hunters
LOOK: Baby names that are illegal around the world
LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades
LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving
Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.
LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state
Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.
LOOK: Oldest Disneyland Rides From 1955 to Today
See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State
LOOK: The top holiday toys from the year you were born
LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America
Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.
LOOK: Things from the year you were born that don’t exist anymore
LOOK: See the iconic cars that debuted the year you were born
LOOK: What major laws were passed the year you were born?
Data for this list was acquired from trusted online sources and news outlets. Read on to discover what major law was passed the year you were born and learn its name, the vote count (where relevant), and its impact and significance.
25 True Crime Locations: What Do They Look Like Today?
Below, find out where 25 of the most infamous crimes in history took place — and what the locations are used for today. (If they’ve been left standing.)
How Many in America: From Guns to Ghost Towns
Can you take a guess as to how many public schools are in the U.S.? Do you have any clue as to how many billionaires might be residing there? Read on to find out—and learn a thing or two about each of these selection’s cultural significance and legacy along the way.
The 40 Best Cover Songs by Rock Bands
LOOK: The Evolution of Slipknot’s Terrifying Masks Throughout The Years
LOOK: Here is the richest town in each state
Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, luxury cars, and ritzy restaurants. Read on to see which town in your home state took the title of the richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows—your hometown might even be on this list.
LOOK: Famous Historic Homes in Every State
READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest
Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.
The 100 Best Places to Live on the East Coast
The 100 Best Places to Live in the Midwest
LOOK: Here are the best small towns to live in across America
LOOK: Food history from the year you were born
LOOK: 15 Discontinued McDonald’s Menu Items
50 Most Popular Chain Restaurants in America
YouGov investigated the most popular dining brands in the country, and Stacker compiled the list to give readers context on the findings. Read on to look through America’s vast and divergent variety of restaurants—maybe you’ll even find a favorite or two.
What Are the Signature Drinks From Every State?
LOOK: 50 Famous brands that no longer exist
KEEP READING: Here are the best places to retire in America
KEEP READING: See the richest person in every state
KEEP READING: What were the most popular baby names from the past 100 years?
KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state
Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five — or to find inspiration for naming your baby.
LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names
Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions
Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?
Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.
LOOK: The most famous actress born the same year as you
Many of the actresses in this story not only made a name for themselves through their collection of iconic performances, but also through the selfless, philanthropic nature with which many of them approached their stardom. In an age of flipping the script on societal norms, many of these actresses are using their voices and platforms to be advocates for those who are otherwise unheard.
LOOK: The Most Famous Actor Born Every Year
LOOK: Here are 50 of your favorite retail chains that no longer exist
KEEP LOOKING: See what 50 company logos looked like then and now
CHECK IT OUT: See the 100 most popular brands in America
RANKED: Here Are the 63 Smartest Dog Breeds
Does your loyal pup’s breed make the list? Read on to see if you’ll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog’s intellectual prowess the next time you take your fur baby out for a walk. Don’t worry: Even if your dog’s breed doesn’t land on the list, that doesn’t mean he’s not a good boy–some traits simply can’t be measured.
LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state
Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.
Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.
LOOK: Here Are 30 Foods That Are Poisonous to Dogs
To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet’s phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.
Even with all of these resources, however, the best cure for food poisoning is preventing it in the first place. To give you an idea of what human foods can be dangerous, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there are any that surprise you.