Breastfeeding in the School Setting
If you plan to return to work or school after your baby is born, you can still breastfeed. Federal law requires employers to provide time and space for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth. For more details about the federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law, click here.
Louisiana state law HB 635, Act No. 87– Enacts R.S. 17:81(W), relative to local school board powers and duties; to require city, parish, and other local public school boards to adopt policies to require schools to provide certain accommodations for employees to express breast milk.
Before returning to work or classes, talk with your human resource manager, supervisor, or student advisor about your breastfeeding plans to make sure you have a plan in order to keep breastfeeding while at school.
For teachers, students, and school employees, time and space can be limited to pump milk during the school day. Communicate with coworkers, teachers, and administrators. Find a time and space where you can regularly pump and store breast milk. Be prepared with extra supplies. Know your rights.
Check out the following links for helpful information
Establishing a Lactation Room at Your School
If your Louisiana school does not have a place you can comfortably pump milk, it may be eligible to apply for a grant to establish a lactation room. For more information, sample workplace lactation policies, and to apply, contact the Mary Amelia Center at Tulane University at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breastfeeding-Friendly School Boards in Louisiana
In compliance with Louisiana state law the following school boards have passed policies to support school employees who breastfeed:
Workplaces that are designated as “Breastfeeding-Friendly”, such as the ones above, have the following:
For more information on Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces or to apply, please click here.
Last updated January 11, 2016.