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Mississippi Meal and Rest Periods Law


Mississippi has no law regarding meal and rest periods. It does, however, provide breaks for a mother who is breastfeeding or expressing milk.

Sec. 3. Mother's right to breastfeed anyplace where she is authorized to be.

A mother may breast-feed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, without respect to whether the mother's breast or any part of it is covered during or incidental to the breast-feeding.

Sec. 11. Breastfeeding, Licensed child care facilities.

The Department of Health shall promulgate regulations to ensure that licensed child care facilities shall be required to comply with the following:

(a) Breast-feeding mothers, including employees, shall be provided a sanitary place that is not a toilet stall to breast-feed their children or express milk. This area shall provide an electrical outlet, comfortable chair, and nearby access to running water.

(b) A refrigerator will be made available for storage of expressed breast milkfollowing guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control in ensuring that breast milk is properly treated to avoid waste. Universal precautions are not required in handling human milk.

(c) Staff shall be trained in the safe and proper storage and handling of human milk.

(d) Breast-feeding promotion information will be displayed in order to positively promote breast-feeding to the clients of the facility.

(e) Such other requirements as the Board of Health finds desirable or necessary to promote and protect breast-feeding.

Sec. 12. Breastfeeding rights.

No employer shall prohibit an employee from expressing breast milk during any meal period or other break period provided by the employer.

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