Geller Law Group comments to the Richmond Times Dispatch on the new breast-feeding statute
Women will be able to breast-feed in Virginia anywhere they are lawfully allowed to be thanks to bipartisan legislation signed Monday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
The law goes into effect July 1.
“It covers all private businesses. So if a woman is in a store, a restaurant or a mall and wants to breast-feed her child, she can,” said Rebecca Geller, an attorney in Northern Virginia and co-leader with Kate Noon of the grass-roots Virginia Alliance for Breastfeeding Laws.
“Under current law, a woman has a right to breast-feed a child in any government-owned property. So if I was sitting in the Capitol in Richmond, I could breast-feed my child there, but if I were to go to a restaurant a block away I could not have that legally protected right,” said Geller, mother of three, including a 10-month-old she is breast-feeding.