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For Parents:

California Worksite Lactation Accommodation Law 

Federal Worksite Lactation Accommodation Law, U.S. Department of Labor:

Worksite Lactation Accommodation: California vs. Federal Lactation Law (PDF)

 Legal Aid Society

California Department of Public Health WIC Breastfeeding Resources Website.

California Breastfeeding Coalition: Workplace Lactation Accommodation

California Work & Family Law: Tools and resources to know what your federal and state work-family laws are and how to access your rights when you need them. 

Breastfeed LA  provides a Breastfeeding Works Webpage with brochures, toolkit and model employer policies.

Making It Work Toolkit  
The Making It Work Toolkit is an online resource for breastfeeding mothers returning to work or school.  The toolkit is designed to provide assistance to breastfeeding mothers as well as tools and information for businesses and families

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Breast Pump General Information

Other Helpful Websites:

  • www.workandpump.com. Mother-to-mother advice for moms working outside the home and breastfeeding. Message boards, news updates, info for employers.

For Employers:  

California Worksite Lactation Law 

Federal Worksite Lactation Law 

  • Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision: Section 7(r) of the Fair Labor Standards Act  Effective March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended the FLSA to require employers to provide a nursing mother reasonable break time to express breast milk after the birth of her child. The amendment also requires that employers provide a place for an employee to express breast milk.
  • U.S. Department of Labor  Wage and Hour Fact Sheet #73 "Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FSLA" and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law.
  • Employment Protections For Workers Who Are Pregnant or Nursing Describes federal employment laws protecting all workers in all states and territories.

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Worksite Lactation Accommodation: California vs. Federal Lactation Law (PDF)


Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions 

This online Office of Women's Health resource provides businesses with cost-effective tips and solutions for any industry setting. This resource includes a link to the Business Case for Breastfeeding, a comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace.

Creating a Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite developed by the California Department of Public Health, Nutrition Education and Obesity Branch

Increasing Breastfeeding in the Low-Wage Worksite: This brief describes the issues and shows what California businesses can do to improve lactation accommodation for working poor mothers so that these women can increase the length of time they breastfeed their infants.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthier Worksite Initiative:

U.S. Office of Personnel Management:

Maternity Leave and Return Toolkit for Employers and Employees developed by the Mothers Workplace Coalition

 National Business Group on Health:

  • Sample Local Health Jurisdiction Lactation Accommodation Policies:

     Breastfeed LA  Provides a web page entitled AT WORK…Breastfeeding Works  A program supporting employers and employees to help employed breastfeeding mothers succeed in returning to work.

    Other resources:

    For Child Care Workers:

    Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs; 3rd Edition (2011) These standards include the best evidence for feeding and use of breastmilk in childcare settings.

    Childcare Nutrition Standards:  The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has developed child care nutrition training standards as required by Assembly Bill 290 (Alejo, Chapter 734, Statutes of 2013). Beginning January 1, 2016 and thereafter, the law adds one (1) hour of nutrition training, including support of breastfeeding to the current seven (7) hour preventive health and safety practices course for a total of eight (8) hours of preventive health and safety training required for licensees of child care homes and centers.

    The WIC Peer Counselor Training can be used for Child Care workers so they will support the mothers of the babies they care for.

    Information on cue-based or “paced” bottle feeding:

  • How to bottle feed a breastfed baby
  • Bottle-Feeding a Breastfed Baby: Ideas for Day Care and Others (PDF)Opens a new browser window.
  • Let’s Move Child Care  Giving child care and early education providers the tools to help children develop healthy habits for life.

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Child Care Website 
  • Breastfeeding and Early Care and Education: Increasing Support for Breastfeeding Families (PDF) Opens a new browser window.
    This document describes best practices for supporting breastfeeding families in the ECE setting and includes relevant state and community success stories. 
  •   Local Health Jurisdiction Childcare breastfeeding Toolkits:

          · Alameda County


    • Los Angeles County


    Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) website

  • Tools for Action- Breastfeeding and Child Care  Background, intervention summary, and toolkit
  • Minnesota Child Care Tips sheets:

  • For Child Care Providers
  • For Parents
  • Safe Storage and Handling of Breast Milk:

    For Community Leaders:

    Workplace Initiatives to Support Breastfeeding Women:

    International Reports:

    Last modified on: 4/13/2017 2:21 PM