On January 7th, 2011, Senator Annette Dubas introduced a bill that would offer extra protection for breastfeeding women in Nebraska. LB197 would excuse breastfeeding women from indecent exposure laws and guard against harassment from others while they are feeding their babies in public.
Currently, Lincoln has a city ordinance in place that protects breastfeeding women in public, but no other protections exist in the state of Nebraska.
The bill is just 2 pages long and states clearly, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.”
In layman’s terms, this means that a breastfeeding mother would be protected anywhere that the general public is allowed, and under the law nobody would able to harass her, ask her to stop breastfeeding, or ask her to leave.
LB197 is one of three bills that have been introduced in the last 6 years to try and add more protection for breastfeeding mothers. Bills were introduced in 2005 and 2009; Both times they were turned down.
A hearing for LB197 is set for January 26th.