Breastfeeding workers typically need to express milk 2–3 times during an 8-hour workday to maintain their milk production and avoid health complications. Employees who are breastfeeding also require a private, clean space – that’s not a bathroom – to pump. If you do not have a private office or control over when you take your breaks, you may need to request an accommodation from your employer to take regular pumping breaks in a clean, private space.
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.
Recursos en español: Lea “Como hablar con tu jefe acerca tu extractor de leche materna” para obtener instrucciones paso a paso y consejos prácticos y expertos para hablar con su empleador sobre las adaptaciones que necesita para amamantar. Del Center for WorkLife Law y A Better Balance.
Check out Supporting Nursing Moms At Work: Employer Solutions, an industry-specific guide from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about how to find or create private space in your own working environment.
Watch the webinar: Everything You Need to Know About Workplace Breastfeeding Law. The US Breastfeeding Coalition, the Center for WorkLife Law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) came together on July 12, 2017 for the “Everything You Need to Know About Workplace Breastfeeding Law” webinar to discuss the laws protecting breastfeeding employees and the tools that can help support them.
Contact the Center for WorkLife Law’s free legal hotline.
This national hotline provides information to employees about their family caregiving responsibilities, including pregnancy, maternity, and parental needs and protections. The hotline also provides the names of lawyers in your state who are willing to be contacted about such matters (if appropriate).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 703-8276.
You may also contact A Better Balance’s free legal hotline in New York (212-430-5982) or Tennessee (615-915-2417) to speak with an attorney about your situation.