HB 448 would exempt breastfeeding mothers from being criminally charged under Idaho’s public indecency statutes. Idaho is currently the only state in the country that does not permit breastfeeding in public.
By enacting HB 448, women would not be forced to choose between feeding their child in public or facing a potential criminal penalty. Countless studies have proven the overwhelming benefits of breastfeeding to both the child and new mother, and as such, the passage of this bill should be considered a top public health priority. HB 448 is critical to ensuring that mothers can fully participate in society and it further protects women’s fundamental reproductive rights to breastfeed their child. Read the full text of the bill here.