Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Please share ideas on how USDOL can inform nursing mothers of their rights in the workplace under Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (Section 7(r)). How can USDOL assist nursing mothers to work with their employers to ensure they are aware of the provisions and that they have access to lactation breaks?
(@rudymulligan)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Women in Nontraditional Workplaces

There are as many women in construction as there are dental hygienists (approx 200,000). Data about tradeswomen becoming pregnant during their construction career is nil, though we can infer that our population reflects the larger population of American women. The following testimony was provided to me in person by a carpenter in NYC. She was nursing and pumping on a construction site for one year between 2018-2019... more »

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(@mama.mj)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

HR Point Person to Prepare Work Place/Returning Mothers

While the law requires employers to accommodate nursing mothers – what is missed is that often these accommodations are only provided AFTER a lactating mom ASKS for them instead of having it OFFERED when they return. While this seems like a simple switch, it would have made all the difference to me in returning to work if my employer had started the conversation instead of me. If instead of me asking where can I pump... more »

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(@elivalente)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Breastmilk is not just healthy for the nursling but for all!

I worked for a large company! But when it came down to being a breastfeeding employee, no one in my direct management, Security and HR knew where lactation rooms were available! Since I was invested and could not bare the pain, I went lookig for a hole in my building and elsewhere. Companies should be fined for having a relax demeanor on a significant role that lactating Moms give freely back to their employers - a... more »

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(@medela)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Provide education about the importance of comprehensive support

Provide education about the importance of comprehensive lactation support to breastfeeding success and associated health benefits for families and businesses Medela appreciates this opportunity to comment on how the Department of Labor can best assist mothers who need lactation support, including adequate break time and space at work. Going back to work after having a baby is a challenging time for new parents, especially... more »

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(@katie.plumley)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Offer Information Packet to Women/Employer Upon Return from FMLA

I think it would be a great idea to offer an informative handout to both the returning mother and her supervisory chain of command notifying all parties involved of the expectations of both the mother and the supervisors/workplace in regards to allotted time and location for pumping. The handout could include the basic rights permitted and then web addresses to visit for more information. This would be given to all women... more »

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(@gratiacash)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Yearly Training

Require yearly training for employers/employees educating them on breastfeeding laws and discrimination. Most companies are already required to do yearly ADA/Discrimination training, a short 5min video added with this would be both cost effective and efficient in keeping employers and employees up to date on breastfeeding/pumping laws in the workplace.

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(@sdchatman)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Vigilant education/support for non-traditional employers

I am a firefighter and a mother to two toddlers. I am fortunate enough to support other mothers formally by the nature of my current assignment. There is so much opportunity to be more accessible to employers with a lower representation of women. Oftentimes in a predominantly non-women environment, both the few women employees and employer are slower to know their rights and need to accommodate.

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(@jbellanca)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Continued Communication and Support

Because of the ebb and flow of lactating women in the workforce, it is necessary to remind employers of the requirements. I have found that while companies may have policies in place, the knowledge and enforcement of what is required can get lost. If there is currently no women using designated areas they may become repurposed. This leads to many new nursing mothers having to have the same discussions as previous mothers.... more »

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(@nasraabubakar)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

supporting immigrant mothers

Using academic researchers to go into their communities to help mothers understand their rights through participatory action research. Those willing, can help organize communities through academic/scholar activism that involves giving voice to mothers so that they can discuss their issues and prioritize.

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(@lebedevitch)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

Provide information in a a variety of languages

To ensure that all breastfeeding employees and employers are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Break Time for Nursing Mothers provision, the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee recommends that the Department of Labor makes Fact Sheet #73 and the associated FAQs available in multiple languages.

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(@themarstons2008)

Nursing Mothers and Nursing Mother Groups

More clear definitions needed

There needs to be more clarity as to what defines a bathroom. In CA, the law says a woman can't be made to pump in a bathroom but doesn't define what constitutes a bathroom. My employer has deemed that the space available for lactation purposes is the "shower room" which has a shower stall, sink and drain in the floor at the center of the room. That drain connects to a single toilet men's room on the other side of the... more »

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