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Snyder signs laws ensuring right to breastfeed

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed the Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act. Lawmakers introduced the legislation after getting some past reports of women being asked to leave stores, restaurants and government agencies for nursing in public.

Snyder also has signed bills specifying that a mother breastfeeding in a public place is not guilty of indecent exposure or obscene conduct.

The Kent County Public Health Department said laws similar to Michigan's have been enacted in 45 states.

Snyder said breastfeeding is a "natural act with many proven benefits." He said supporting new mothers helps ensure good infant health, reduces infant mortality rates and prevents obesity.

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