Breastfeeding in Public

Application: Patrons


The purpose of this policy is to provide support for mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies in the Cape Vincent Community Library.

The Cape Vincent Community Library aims to provide a welcoming environment where breastfeeding mothers may feel comfortable and relaxed when using the library. Staff members will support the needs of any mother who wishes to breastfeed on these premises. The library staff will not ask the breastfeeding mother to stop or move to another area if we receive complaints from other library users.  Staff and concerned patrons should be informed that breastfeeding is protected by civil rights law, NY CLS Civ R 79-e (Article & Miscellaneous Provisions).

1994 NY ALS 98; 1994 NY LAWS 98; 1994 NYSN 3999 79-e Right to Breast Feed. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

Responsibility: Library staff will oversee and enforce the breastfeeding in public policy.

Adopted: March 14, 2019