Do your patients have questions about their rights as breastfeeding employees? There are two main federal laws that protect breastfeeding employees as well as some state level laws.

  • The federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires that employers provide lactating employees the same ability to address lactation-related needs as employees with other medical conditions.
  • The Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law requires employers to provide reasonable break time to express milk in a private space that is not a bathroom until your baby is at least one year old.
  • States may have their own laws. The Center for WorkLife Life: Pregnant @Work has an interactive map showcasing state breastfeeding laws.

For more information, visit:

  • AAP Federal Support for Breastfeeding -This 5-page resource describes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) federal breastfeeding benefits.
  • Pregnant @Work - Pregnant @Work is a helpful website which provides resources for employees, attorneys, and healthcare professionals as well as a hotline for questions around workplace issues around pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • United States Breastfeeding Committee
  • For the latest on laws and legislation in your state, contact the AAP State Government Affairs at
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