All A-Z health topics. View all pages in this section. These accommodations include time for women to express milk and a private space that is not a bathroom each time they need to pump. Learn more about what is required of employers and what employees need to know. Department of Health and Human Services. Citation of the source is appreciated.
Smaller companies those with fewer than 50 employees may obtain an exemption from creating a corporate lactation program by demonstrating that having to do so would create an undue hardship. Regardless of the size of your company, it's to your advantage to help new mothers transition back to work after maternity leave. A meaningful way to do this is by creating a comfortable, safe place to pump breast milk by building a lactation room. When new working moms are back at their jobs, they may have been breastfeeding for the past six to 12 weeks. Some will have the goal of breastfeeding for the first six to 12 months of their baby's life.
Breastfeeding is good for you and your baby. It protects your baby against many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition. Ideally, babies should be breastfed given only breast milk for at least the first 6 months of life. If possible, continue to feed them some or only breast milk until they are at least 1 year old. These accommodations include time for women to express milk and a private space that is not a bathroom each time they need to pump.
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