With passage of Health Care Reform, came significant support for mothers and babies which benefits their employers as well.  Section 4207 of the law amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to require an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express milk.  The employer is not required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time for any work time spent for such purpose.  The employer must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk.  If these requirements impose undue hardship, an employer that employs less than 50 employees is not subject to these requirements.  Furthermore, these requirements shall not preempt a state law that provides greater protections to employees.[1]

According to the CDC, mothers and babies benefit from breastfeeding in a number of ways, potentially lowering rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers in women, while allowing breast milk to protect infants from bacterial and viral infections.[2] These health benefits to mother and baby conveyed by breastfeeding translate into reduced costs to employers due to lower health care costs, decreased absenteeism, enhanced productivity, improved employee satisfaction, and a better corporate image.[3]

Please call Advancing Wellness for more information on setting up a lactation room for your employees, it’s good for everyone!


[1] Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Parklawn Building Room 18-05, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA

[3] Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Parklawn Building Room 18-05, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857