The legalities of pumping breast milk while on the job are a little shady. There's no actual federal law in...
The legalities of pumping breast milk while on the job are a little shady. There's no actual federal law in favor for or against pumping at work, but some states do have laws in place that give mamas the right to pump breast milk at work. Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming) but they vary so you need to check with your local state legislation website to get the full scoop. For example, in California employers must allow a break and provide a room for a mother who desires to express milk in private. Georgia law states that employers are "allowed" to provide daily unpaid break time for a mother to express breast milk for her infant child. Employers are also required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the workplace for this activity. The employer is not required to provide break time if to do so would unduly disrupt the workplace operations. As you can see laws vary. Check out your local laws about pumping at work. What if your state isn't covered by law? Just because there's no law on the books, doesn't mean you can't pump at work. Many workplaces have breast pumping policies in place. If your workplace doesn't have a policy in place have a chat with your supervisor abotu getting a couple of breaks plus a private place to pump. You'll have better luck if you point out the benefits to the company, for instance, NCSL (and many other experts) notes that "Breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from bacteria and viruses. Breastfed children have fewer ear infections, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections and have diarrhea less often. Infants who are exclusively breastfed tend to need fewer health care visits, prescriptions and hospitalizations resulting in a lower total medical care cost compared to never-breastfed infants." This is good news for employers because babies who get 100% breast milk will be sick less often, which means fewer sick days for you, the mama and employee.

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