Providing Time, Space and Support
Providing time, space, and support for mothers to express milk is essential if mothers and their babies cannot be together throughout the work day. Breastfeeding helps babies and mothers stay healthier, and most breastfeeding mothers need to pump throughout the day to make sure their babies get the nutrition they need.
Employees need a secure, comfortable, clean and private space to express milk. The space should meet these requirements:
Work with your employees to establish flexible break times for expressing milk. These breaks are similar to regular breaks to eat, drink, or use the bathroom. While every mother is unique, most women take 2-3 breaks of 15-30 minutes per 8-hour work day.
Depending on the location of your lactation room, mothers may be able to multi-task by reading emails or writing notes. If the employee has child care near your office, she may use her break time to leave the office to breastfeed.
Your policies to support breastfeeding should be communicated to all current and new employees. If possible, consider allowing female employees to telework while breastfeeding or to keep infants with them for part of the work day.
Here are some sample workplace lactation policies that can be modified for your business: