Legislation updates

More is happening on the breastfeeding-protection front in Madison and around Wisconsin!

A bill similar to the one passed for Dane County last week is being introduced in the city of Madison. There will be a hearing at the Public Service Review Board on Tuesday, Jan 9, 5 PM in room LL110 of the Municipal Bldg. Robbie Webber is the lead sponsor of the bill. You can contact her at

Ald. Robbie Webber
Madison Common Council, District 5
2613 Stevens St
Madison, WI 53705
608-233-1390 (h)
608-225-0002 (cell)

At the state level, Madison Democrat Fred Risser is planning to introduce a bill that would protect mothers breastfeeding in public places state-wide. He tried to pass this mandate last year but the session ended before the bill got a hearing. I don’t know if this proposal includes protection for women expressing milk.

Of course the fact that women feel like they need their right to breastfeed in public protected is a sad statement on how our society views breastfeeding. If breastfeeding were the accepted, normal way to feed babies no one would think twice when they saw a breastfeeding mother at the mall, the zoo, a restaurant, the gym, the grocery store, church, or a park. I think we should also consider a baby’s need (right?) to breastfeed and how that is affected by short maternity leaves and custody arrangements after divorce. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – you can leave comments on the page or email me at adria (dot) LAS (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.

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  1. Sarah Briganti says:

    Senator Fred Risser has reintroduced the Right to Breastfeed Act for the 2007 Legislative Session. A public hearing on Assembly Bill 104 has been scheduled for March 20th at 11:00am in Room 417 North, State Capitol. Call (608-266-1627) or Email (sen.risser@legis.wisconsin.gov) Senator Risser’s office for more information.

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