Returning to Work or School
Returning to work or school while breastfeeding can seem overwhelming, but with the right support and resources, you can do it!
Click on the links below to find information about:
Know your rights!
The Federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law
Federal law now 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.
HB-313 Simon will require at least 10 state owned buildings to provide/construct a space (that is not a bathroom) suitable for expressing milk and/or breastfeeding a child (should a private space be sought by the mother).
SB 82 Dorsey effective October 1, 2011, SB-82 Provides that the state sales or use tax shall not apply to consumer purchases of “breastfeeding items.” Breastfeeding items shall include breastpumps and accessories, replacement parts, storage bags and accessories, and nursing bras.
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 46. 1409 B 5 prohibits any child care facility from discriminating against breastfed babies.
Louisiana law also protects your right to breastfeed in any public place! Click here to read more about breastfeeding laws in Louisiana.
Note: If you think you have experienced discrimination due to breastfeeding, please contact Marci Brewer and the LBC Staff at 410-925-9834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit these links for some helpful tips on returning to work while breastfeeding:
Breastmilk Counts- helpful, easy to understand information from the Texas Department of State Health Services WIC Program
Breastfeeding and Working – Moms share their stories in a video by the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition
Employee’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Working – Resources from The Business Case for Breastfeeding
Federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law- US Department of Labor
Going Back to Work -HHS/Office on Women’s Health: WomensHealth.gov
Information for Working Women- NOLA Breastfeeding Support Program
Milk Memos- A book about how real mothers learned to mix business with babies- and how you can, too. Helpful resources are also listed on the website.
Top 5 Questions: Going Back to Work While Breastfeeding -Best for Babes
Working it Out: Breastfeeding at Work – La Leche League International
Working Without Weaning- A book that gives you step-by-step guidance to help you continue to work and breastfeed.
Workplace Lactation Programs -Corporate Voices for Working Families
WorkAndPump.com -Support for moms committed to providing the best nutrition for their babies.
Resources for choosing a breast pump
Breastfeeding USA: Choosing a breast pump
US Food and Drug Administration: Breast Pumps: Don’t be Misled-Get the Facts