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What do I need to know about breastfeeding at work?

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National laws in the United States require employers to provide a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth. There is no set limit for the number of times that an employee can express breast milk during a given day.

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, to be used by an employee to express breast milk.1 Special rooms provided by employers for mothers to express their breast milk during work hours are called lactation rooms.

For more information on specific breastfeeding laws in your state, including employer requirements, visit http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/breastfeeding-state-laws.aspx External Web Site Policy.

Also visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/going-back-to-work/ for information on breastfeeding and returning to work.


  1. U.S. Department of Labor. (n.d.). Break time for nursing mothers. Retrieved April 27, 2012, from http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers [top]

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Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
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