N.Y. Public Buildings Law Section 144
Lactation room in public buildings


As used in this section:


“covered public building” means a public building owned by the state of New York, under the supervision and control of the commissioner of general services, that is determined by said commissioner to be open to the public; and


“lactation room” means a hygienic place, other than a bathroom, that:


is shielded from view;


is free from intrusion;


contains a chair, a working surface, and, if the public building is otherwise supplied with electricity, an electrical outlet; and


is intended to be used for the primary purpose of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk.


A covered public building shall contain a lactation room that is made available for use by a member of the public to breastfeed or express breast milk.


A covered public building shall be excluded from the requirement of subdivision two of this section if:


the public building does not have a room that could be repurposed as a lactation room or a space that could be made private, at a reasonable cost; or


new construction would be required to create a lactation room in the public building and the cost of such construction is unfeasible.


Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize an individual to enter a public building that the individual is not otherwise authorized to enter.

Source: Section 144 — Lactation room in public buildings, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBB/144 (updated Apr. 19, 2019; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

Last modified:
Apr. 19, 2019

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