Workplace for Employers

Our professionals offer consultations to employers and HR departments on how to support your breastfeeding and pumping employees.

Employers who prioritize the support they provide for breastfeeding/pumping mothers have reported:

  • Reduced staff turnover and increased retention of skilled workers after the birth of their child
  • Reduced leave time for parents of breastfed infants who are more resistant to illness
  • Lower and fewer health care costs associated with healthier breastfed infants
  • Higher job productivity, employee satisfaction, and morale
  • Enhanced loyalty among employees
  • Added recruitment incentives for women
  • Improved positive image in the community

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148, known as the “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 1 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.” See 29 U.S.C. 207(r). The break time requirement became effective when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010.

Let us help you figure out the best way you can provide for your breastfeeding/pumping employees to make a happier, healthier workplace for everyone! Email gina@breastfeedingcenter.org for more information or to schedule a time for one of our professionals to come to your office.

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