Workplace Support for Breastfeeding

Wondering about your workplace breastfeeding rights?

Federal law requires all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide a reasonable break time for a breastfeeding employee to express breast milk during the first year of her child’s life.

Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, where the employee can express the milk free from view and from intrusion by coworkers or the public.

An employer does not have to compensate a nursing mother for break time used to express breast milk, unless she is using a break time that all employees are compensated for already. 

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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