Policy Resources

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We use interdisciplinary research to equip policy makers and advocates with the information and tools they need ensure that pregnant and breastfeeding employees are able to keep earning a paycheck while maintaining their health. For consultations on policy, including questions about analyzing existing law or creating new legislation, please e-mail us at policy@worklifelaw.org.


Breastfeeding workers need break time and a private, clean space near their work area where they can express breast milk. However, due to an unintended legal technicality, over 9 million women of childbearing age are not covered by the only nationwide law specifically for breastfeeding workers, the federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers provision. As states work to fill in the gaps left by these and other laws, we’re here to help.


Even when federal and state laws provide a right to break time and private space for expressing breast milk, taking breaks may result in reduced pay—making it unaffordable for many low-wage workers and middle-income earners.  This resource outlines policy solutions that address the financial hardship forcing breastfeeding workers to decide between their paycheck and continuing to provide breast milk for their child.

Paid Breaks for All (PDF) >


Read the first comprehensive report on breastfeeding discrimination, including the number of workers left without legal protections and policy solutions:

What is the current law?

Visit our interactive map to learn about existing protections in each state and nationwide:

State Workplace Lactation Laws
Are You A Breastfeeding Employee?

Thinking about how to talk to your boss about pumping breaks, private space, or other breastfeeding accommodations? View practical tips created by WorkLife Law and A Better Balance. Select the state where you work.

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For questions about these resources or suggestions for our forthcoming policy resource center, you can reach us at: policy@worklifelaw.org.