Breastfeeding in the Workplace


U.S. Department of Labor Resources: Break Time for Nursing Mothers.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) amended section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. 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, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
fact sheet WIC and Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA Webinar

Recording of Webinar from September 2013. The Webinar was presented by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.
fact sheet Fact Sheet #73: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA
Provides general information on the break time requirement for nursing mothers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”).
frequently asked questions Frequently Asked Questions – Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Offers answers to common questions about the new law.
presentation Break Time for Nursing Mothers Overview Presentation
PowerPoint presentation containing information about the law and links to additional resources.
nursing mothers Break Time For Nursing Mothers Employee Rights Card
Card containing information about the rights of nursing mothers under the new law.
reference guide Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act
Information on the Fair Labors Standards Act, as well as additional labor laws.
file complaint How to File a Complaint
Instructions on how to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.


Breast Pumps: Don't Be Misled - Get the Facts

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.


50 State Summary of Breastfeeding Laws

National Conference of State Legislatures.


Breastfeeding and the Workplace

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition.


Breastfeeding Works

Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles.


Business Case for Breastfeeding

DHHS. National Women's Health Information Center.


Investing in Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies (PDF | 1.13 MB)

National Business Group on Health. Center for Prevention and Health Services.


Support for Breastfeeding in the Workplace (PDF | 134 KB)

CDC. Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.


Workplace Breastfeeding Programs: Employer Case Studies (PDF | 152 KB)

National Business Group on Health. Center for Prevention and Health Services.


Workplace Lactation

Corporate Voices for Working Families.


Workplace Support in Federal Law

United States Breastfeeding Committee.