Monday, January 16, 2012

Federal Guidelines Help the Working Nursing Mother

According to the US Government Wage and Devision Fact Sheet, "[Employers are required to provide] reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child's birth ... [as well as] a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public."  So working mothers who are still pumping in the toilet, or who aren't given at least 20 minutes to pump, should stand up for your rights.  Your babies health is at stake and it is a benefit, that's right a benefit to the employer to give moms these breaks.  Moms who continue to breastfeed while working have healthier babies and therefore miss less work due to their child's illness.  Hooray for breastfeeding! 
Some companies even provide hospital grade pumps in a pumping room where moms can use the company pump on a break and all she has to do is carry her hygienic kit back and forth.  Hospital grade pumps run from $800 for a Medela Lactina to $2000 for an Ameda Platinum, but are well worth the investment for corporate America.  Companies like Lactation Connection even partner with corporations to provide breastfeeding support to these moms with the purchase of these hospital grade pumps and hygiene kits.
Don't hesitate to ask for what you need to keep your baby healthy.  Happy nurturing!

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