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Lawmakers Work To Clarify Public Breastfeeding Law

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - State lawmakers are trying to clarify Michigan's "public breastfeeding law" after some women with their babies were asked to leave public places. The sponsor claims some women are being intimidated.

"All over the world, people feed their babies this way. It's the healthy way," comments Dem. Sen. Rebekah Warren.

Breastfeeding your baby in public is not against the law in Michigan or any other state. State law specifically says the practice is not a violation of public nudity or indecent exposure.

Warren and Rep. Sen. Rick Jones are teaming up to eliminate uncertainties about the law.

"I think that's totally inappropriate to send a woman out into the cold with a baby or send them to the bathroom. Would you eat your lunch in a bathroom? I think not.  So I think anybody feeding with modesty, I think that's good motherhood," said Jones.

And Senator Warren agrees. She believes there is no malice behind efforts to stop public breastfeeding, but does believe some business owners need guidance on what the law is. "People don't know what the law is and women are being intimidated and we want to do everything we can to encourage that form of healthy nutrition," said Warren.

This appears to be on a fast track, as Senator Jones hopes to move the Warren bill from his committee next Tuesday.

When Gov. Rick Snyder was asked his opinion, he told 6 News he wasn't aware of the issue but that he would check into it.

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