Breastfeeding

The New School is a breastfeeding friendly space. By this we mean that anyone can breastfeed their child (uncovered or covered) on campus in any of our buildings. While there are lactation spaces available for caregivers who would prefer privacy or less distraction, you are NOT required to use these booths and are encouraged to nurse wherever is best for you and your child. If you encounter any New School staff who are not aware of our stance (or the law), please take down their information and feel free to reach out to your Title IX representatives. If you have ideas about how to make The New School a more breastfeeding friendly environment, please let us know or, even better, join our Caregivers Working Group. We are committed to creating a space that not only accommodates but encourages breastfeeding. Contact us through our site or directly at caregivers@newschool.edu.

Outside The New School
In NYC, women are able to breastfeed their children in public and are protected by New York State laws to do so. However, not everyone is aware of these laws and it is possible you may encounter individuals or companies who incorrectly assume that they can tell you where or how you should be nursing your child. For example: No one can tell you to leave a store while nursing, to use a nursing cover or suggest you nurse in a bathroom. You may advocate on your own behalf if you feel safe doing so and refer them to this law (see below) or you might consider making a formal complaint with the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU, see below for contact information).

The law states, specifically:

§ 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 breast feeding.

From the NYCLU:

If you feel your rights are being violated or you are being treated unfairly because you breastfeed your baby, contact:

  • The Reproductive Rights Project
    New York Civil Liberties Union
    125 Broad Street, 19th floor
    New York, NY 10004
    212-607-3339
    www.nyclu.org/issues/rrp
    rrp@nyclu.org

Other resources to know your breast feeding rights

Ideas for taking action if you encounter harassment for breastfeeding in a public place:

Resources from the NYCLU webpage:

Other breastfeeding resources: