Working and Breastfeeding

For mothers coming back to work after maternity leave, breastfeeding during the workday is a very important and necessary task needed to maintain the ability to feed their baby. There are laws and regulations that employers need to know when accommodating breastfeeding mothers.

When it comes time for a mother to return to work, breastfeeding still remains an important need for the babies nutrition. Below are resources for working mothers and the legal concerns employers need to take into consideration when an employee needs to continue their breastfeeding routine.


Practical Information:

Work and The Internet home for any and all information about breastfeeding for working moms

United States Breastfeeding Committee The mission of the United States Breastfeeding Committee is to improve the Nation’s health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

A Business Case for Breastfeeding: A comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace. Get your copy of The Business Case For Breastfeeding: For Business Managers (PDF, 782KB)

Susquehanna Health took basic steps in 2010, to implement an employee lactation program. Watch video.

Legal Concerns for the ACA and Dept of Labor:

The Affordable Care Act: The Affordable Care Act amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”! Here is a link to the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the place where a mother may file a complaint if she feels that she has not been afforded the proper time or place for milk expression as guaranteed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Fact Sheet: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA How to File a Complaint