Workplace Support for Nursing Mothers: Your Legal Right
All employers in the United States are now required by federal law to provide nursing mothers in hourly positions with space and time at work to pump milk for their babies. Employers must now:
- Provide nonexempt nursing mothers reasonable break time to pump milk at work for up to one year.
- Provide a private space that is not a bathroom in which employees can pump milk for their infants.
Workplace Support for Nursing Mothers: Benefits for Working Families
Breastfeeding is good for babies—and you too! Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding for you and your family in this section.
- Read about the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Working Families (English)
- Read about the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Working Families (Spanish)
- Access the brochure for this online workplace lactation toolkit
Resources and Tools
You can continue to breastfeed, even after you go back to work. Download and read the guides, practical tips and flyers in this section to learn about your legal right to breastfeed, how you can successfully continue to do so after returning to work, and where to find breastfeeding help.
How Do I Learn More About the Federal Lactation Law?
- Read the U.S. Department of Labor’s fact sheet explaining the new requirement
How Do I Talk to Others About Breastfeeding?
- Access a guide on Talking to Others About Breastfeeding (English)
- Access a guide on Talking to Others About Breastfeeding (Spanish)
- Learn about the challenges and successes of mothers like you in the “Multimedia” section
What Resources Exist to Help Me Continue Breastfeeding After I Return to Work?
- Access Breastfeeding Resources and Support (English)
- Access Breastfeeding Resources and Support (Spanish)
- Download Tips on Returning to Work after your baby is born (English)
- Download Tips on Returning to Work after your baby is born (Spanish)
- Learn about breastfeeding tips and techniques (available in 21 languages) in the “Multimedia” section.