UPDATE: House says no to passing breastfeeding bill

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BISMARCK N.D. - UPDATE: A bill to change the wording of the current law relating to breastfeeding in public has failed in the House.

Mother feeds her little daughter feeding.

The vote was 61-32.

The current law says “if the woman acts in a discreet and modest manner, a woman may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the individual and child are otherwise authorized to be.”

The bill would change the language to “an individual may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private the individual and child are otherwise authorized to be. It is an infraction to prohibit or attempt to prohibit an individual from breastfeeding as authorized under this section.”


In North Dakota, breast feeding mothers can be charged with disorderly conduct or asked to leave public places.

Some lawmakers are looking to change that, but what the exact wording should be is cause for debate.

The North Dakota Women's Network (NDWN) held a news conference Monday to point out problems with current bill drafts.

“House bill 1330 would change the conversation in North Dakota, and it would let moms and babies know that we support them and that we are supportive of breastfeeding,” said Wolff.

The bill received an 11-to-3 do not pass recommendation, and has been scheduled for a vote in the house early next week.