Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 191
Health and Welfare
Section 191.918

August 28, 2014


Breast-feeding in public permitted--not sexual conduct, public indecency, or obscenity--no municipal ordinances to prohibit or restrict.

191.918. 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a mother may, with discretion, breast-feed her child or express breast milk in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.

2. The act of a mother breast-feeding a child or expressing breast milk in a public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be shall not:

(1) Constitute sexual conduct or sexual contact as defined in section 566.010; or

(2) Be considered an act of public indecency, indecent exposure, sexual conduct, lewd touching, or obscenity or any other similar term for purposes of state or municipal law.

3. A municipality shall not enact an ordinance prohibiting or restricting a mother from breast-feeding a child or expressing breast milk in a public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be.

(L. 1999 S.B. 8 & 173 ยง 6, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1320)


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