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Are you confused by the Break Time Law for Nursing Moms?? Most of the moms in the Successful Breastfeeding Community were!
And it's not surprising. The law is wordy, confusing, and full of loop holes and exemptions.
On this episode of the Successful Breastfeeding Podcast I am interviewing Tifani Sadek, a corporate attorney who previously was in private practice for small businesses. She will be answering our questions about the Break Time Law for Nursing Moms. Tifani is not only an attorney, but also a working and pumping mom and member of our Successful Breastfeeding Community!
Hey there! My name is Kelly Maher Carvell, CLC, CLE.
I offer effective telehealth lactation support and education to modern families.
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Here's what the Department of Labor Website has as their overview of the law:
" Section 7 of the FLSA requires employers 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 the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk."
From first glance it seems like this law is really great, and would protect just about anyone. But that is not the case....
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Resources Tifani Mentioned in the episode:
How to file a complaint if you think your employer is violating the law:
Some guidelines from the Dept of Labor that gives much more detail about how they apply this law - warning, it's a long read! This is where the Dept of Labor talks about the reasonable time for pumping and that they expect expression alone to take 15-20 minutes:
Some tips on dealing with your employer, including how to respond to possible concerns:
The Office of Women's Health, a division of the federal Dep't of Health & Human Services, has a site with helpful info for employers. This may be good to link your employer to. It even has examples of what different industries do for space and break time to comply with the law - for example, a clothing store can provide a dressing room for lactation. Not perfect, but it complies with the law and gives the mom a safe space. There are all kinds of creative ideas for different industries here that can help the mom come up with ideas that she can give her employer:
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