Breastfeeding in the US is growing in popularity with almost 75% of babies being breastfed for at least a portion of their first year. Hospitals and health departments are all working to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and more and more women are continuing to breastfeed 6 months or longer.
One great support mechanism for nursing moms are some quiet provisions that were part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act back in 2010. Since that health care reform bill was passed into law, some protections for moms who want to pump in the workplace have been put in place. Just a few simple rules that employers now need to follow can make the pumping-at-work experience that much easier and more pleasant for moms. No more pumping in restrooms or negotiating breaks with management. Moms now have some space and time guarantees that allow them the flexibility to express milk for their babies.
Click through to see what your rights are as a nursing mother in the work place:
All facts sourced from The United States Department of Labor.
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