Family (Law) and Breastfeeding

By Attorney Gregg Herman
June 19, 2013

My practice of family law has two components:  First, representing clients in their divorce action and second, representing every member of my family who has a legal issue.

The latter pays a lot better than the former!

The most recent example of the former was my daughter,  Betsy, who was told to stop breastfeeding her son in a public restaurant.  My first reaction was that the restaurant had a right to tell her to go the bathroom.  But, she told me there was a state law on the subject.  Who knew?  Well, she did.  Here it is:

253.165 Right to breast-feed. A mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breast-feeding her child, direct a mother to move to a different location to breast-feed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breast-feeding her child as provided in this section.

That may very well be the broadest language I’ve ever seen in a statute.

So, the restaurant was clearly wrong.

Meanwhile, Betsy posted a message on their website and it went viral.  The restaurant got pummeled by breast feeding moms from everywhere.

So, this afternoon, Betsy and I met with the owner of the restaurant and his attorney, Michael Maistelman.  We reached the following agreement:

The following lessons can be derived from the experience:

Attorney Gregg Herman is a founding partner of Loeb & Herman S.C. in Milwaukee, WI. He practices family law exclusively, and can be reached via e-mail or by calling (414) 272-5632.