TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida has become the nation's first state to guarantee the right to breast-feed in public.
"It's not a shameful act that ought to be hidden behind closed doors," Gov. Lawton Chiles said at a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday. "It's a time of bonding and nurturing between a mother and her baby. We know breast-feeding ought to be encouraged."
The bill, approved overwhelmingly by the Legislature, states that a woman who nurses in public cannot be charged under any state obscenity, lewdness or nudity laws.
The legislation also endorses breast-feeding as the preferred way to nurse an infant, stating that its goal is to end ignorance based on "archaic and outdated moral taboos."