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.


One thought on “Legislation updates

  1. Sarah Briganti

    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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