Employer Lactation Toolkit

Supporting Nursing Mothers at Work is Now Law

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March 2010, amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require employers to provide a reasonable break time and a sanitary, private place for nonexempt nursing mothers to pump milk at work. Families and Work Institute has re-launched this online workplace lactation toolkit to give employers high-quality resources and tools to comply with this new federal requirement, and to help them establish successful workplace lactation programs that work for all workers, including lower-wage and hourly employees.

How to Use This Toolkit

Follow the tabs at the top of this page to access resources that are relevant for you. Click on the main headings in each section to access all available resources.

We encourage employers to re-brand these materials, free of charge, if they so choose. Design files are available for employers and others to request and use to set up lactation programs in their workplaces. Contact us if you are interested in re-branding this toolkit.

About This Toolkit

Successful breastfeeding requires a community-wide effort. That is why this toolkit also provides resources to help community leaders and health professionals be effective advocates for breastfeeding in their communities.

This online toolkit has been updated from an original version, “Workplace Lactation Programs: Good for Business. Good for Working Families™,” developed in consultation with a select group of corporate partners and healthcare professionals and formerly hosted on the Corporate Voices for Working Families website. Families and Work Institute would like to acknowledge Corporate Voices for Working Families’ work in this area, the insight and critical input of the advisers and the valuable input of peer reviewers that contributed to this updated version:

Abbott Nutrition Gale Pryor Marriott International, Inc.
Beverly W. Henry, PhD, RD, LDN IBM MetLife
Bridget Swinney, MS, RD ICF International The PNC Financial Services Group
Cecilia Pozo Fileti, MS, RD, FADA Knowledge Universe Susan J. May, MD
Ceridian Corporation LifeCare The TJX Companies, Inc.
CVS Caremark Working Mother Media

This workplace lactation toolkit was produced by Corporate Voices for Working Families in partnership with Working Mother Media and made possible with the generous support of Abbott Nutrition.

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