Breastfeeding Makes Good Business Sense
Providing lactation accommodations in the workplace saves employers money and doesn’t require a lot of resources. Employees simply need reasonable break times, a private space, and your support. A federal law now requires employers to provide breastfeeding employees with time and a space to express milk.
The LBC can help by:
About the law:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act include mandates on breastfeeding in the workplace (Section 4207), which require all employers with 50 or more employees to provide, 1) 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 milk, and 2) a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk. Some businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be eligible for an exemption, but following the law requires only a small investment of time and resources. Click here to read more about this important law.
Employers should provide space, time, and support for moms who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies. Supporting workplace breastfeeding requires only a small investment in time and resources, and LBC can help you get started. To learn about these requirements, visit our Providing Time, Space, and Support page.
Benefits to Employers:
Employers whose companies provide breastfeeding support report up to a 3:1 return on investment. Employers who support their employees who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies enjoy: