Enact an ordinance to protect public breastfeeding in the city of Chicago
  • Petitioned City of Chicago Hon. Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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City of Chicago Hon. Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Enact an ordinance to protect public breastfeeding in the city of Chicago

    1. Amanda McPhillips
    2. Petition by

      Amanda McPhillips

      Chicago, IL

Breastfeeding is in the best interest of the health of both infants and women. There are massive amounts of scientific research to support this fact and it is time that the city of Chicago officially recognizes and supports nursing mothers.

It's already against Illinois state law to discriminate against public breastfeeding, but the Chicago City Council should create and enact an ordinance specifically making it illegal for businesses and other entities to ask nursing moms to stop, cover up or move to a different location in public areas.

There are too many instances of women being shamed for nursing their babies in public. Female breasts are not designed specifically for sexual attraction but for nourishing their babies. It is a shame that a large part of our society feels compelled to shame women and dissuade them from feeding their babies in the most natural way. It is also unfair to ask a woman to breastfeed in a place that is unsanitary or awkward.

Let's help normalize breastfeeding in public in this wonderful city and ask the Honorable Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to make it happen.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Henderson WESTMONT, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because, as a Lactation Counselor, I believe in breastfeeding and the impact that it can have on our city...and the world! Go Chicago!

    • Lauren Lieburn CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing this petition because breastfeeding is a public health isssue that needs more awareness.

    • Kristen Frey CRYSTAL LAKE, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm a breastfeeding momma!!

    • Gina Morris LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      Breastfeeding must supported by the law, we should not be banished to dirty bathrooms or our cars to feed our babies and it is NOT ok to tell use to just give them a bottle. Breastfeeding reduces illness and costs to the community. Think how much less money could be spent on formula, sick days, etc if more mothers felt encourage to breastfeed and were supported by their local government to do feed their babies in public.

    • Dr Melinda L Toumi LAWRENCE, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      I have breastfed my children in Chicago. It's legal and welcomed in Kansas now, so come on Chicago. Kansas has better breastfeeding laws? Wow. ;)


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