PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island mothers will have the right to breast-feed in public under a new law that goes into effect Sunday.

Previously, nothing prohibited mothers from breast-feeding in public. But nothing explicitly directed businesses to allow it either.

The new law gives women the right to do so. It also allows mothers to sue businesses and others they feel violate that right.

The new law passed the General Assembly easily last year.

Dr. Sandra Musial, a pediatrician, helped lobby for the new law with a group of doctors she co-founded, the Physicians’ Committee for Breastfeeding in Rhode Island.

Musial said she began fighting for more mother-friendly laws after a bank employee told her not to breast-feed her 4-week-old son during a long appointment a decade ago.

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