São Paulo, the Brazilian metropolis and largest city in Latin America, is set to pass legislation that would fine any person or organization that tries to stop mothers from breastfeeding in public $150. The legislation, which might be the first of its kind, was approved by the municipal government last week and is expected to be signed into law in the next 20 days. Prejudice against breastfeeding became a national issue in Brazil after a series of high-profile incidents where women were being shamed or reprimanded for nursing in public. Street protests in recent years, such as the “Mamaço Time,” where 40 mothers nursed their babies on the city’s main thoroughfare while chanting “Breastfeeding is my right,” helped to put pressure on the local government. One of the city council members who proposed the bill said the “symbolical” fine would go towards national health policies that have advocated breastfeeding since the 1980s.
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