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Breastfeeding & Pumping at Work

Breastfeeding & Pumping at Work

Babies, Breastfeeding & Pumping at Work

Returning to work while nursing a huge milestone in your parenting journey. Get ready before the big day comes with these action steps designed to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.

Know your rights

Workplaces vary in size, number of employees, and types of business. No matter where you work, it’s important to know your rights as a nursing parent, and what workplace accommodation laws apply to help you maintain your milk supply and feed your baby.

SEE ALSO: Breastfeeding Success in the Early Days

The Fair Labor Standards Act (2010) requires businesses with more than 50 employees to:

SEE ALSO: Nurse-Recommended Breastfeeding Positions

Talk with your employer before returning to work and make a plan together that checks all the boxes (time, space, and privacy to express your milk). You are part of a growing number of the two-thirds of women who work full-time with children under the age of 3.


Start to gather your supplies to breastfeed/chestfeed long before giving birth. At a minimum, you’ll need:


SEE ALSO: Top 5 Breastfeeding Positions

Introduce a bottle

The big day

Keep going!

The research on the benefits of breastfeeding is growing, for both the nursing parent and the infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics (2020), the World Health Organization (2020), the CDC (2020), the Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nursing (2015), and many other organizations recommend exclusive breastfeeding/chestfeeding until 6 months of age, and continued nursing through the first year–and beyond!

This means the baby is only fed human milk for the first six months (no other liquids or solids are given–not even water), and then continues to nurse after starting solids. This may seem like a lofty goal, but with good support and a little planning, you can do it!

You will find many more articles on breastfeeding in our Breastfeeding section

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