If you are a breastfeeding mom, it can be difficult to know what you are entitled to when it comes to feeding your baby. Here is an easy to understand overview of your rights and some helpful resources for supporting breastfeeding moms in the workplace!

The PUMP Act

While a lot of the logistics are left up to individual employers, in December, the PUMP Act became law. This law means that employers must give you a reasonable break time to pump for one year after birth. Additionally, you are also entitled to a private space that is NOT a bathroom for pumping.

According to this law, time spent pumping does not have to be paid, unless you are using a previously paid break to pump. This requirement also states that you must be completely relieved from working during pumping time, or else it should be compensated as work time.

As far as a space, the law doesn’t require it to be a permanent space, but needs to be private and available when needed.

Create a Plan

It can be helpful to talk to your employer about your plan for pumping before you go on leave. Talking to your manager or human resources contact is your best option. Let them know you’ll need time to pump at regular intervals during the day, a private space to do so and running water.

Let them know that supportive breastfeeding policies in the workplace provide significant benefits to mom, baby and even the employer, and thank them for agreeing to creating a plan with you to support your breastfeeding goals.

More information can be found at the resources below:

Nursing Mothers Guide


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