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Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division

Lactation Accommodation for Employers

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By Federal and California law, employers are required to provide lactation accommodation to their employees, specifically providing unpaid break time and access to a private space other than a bathroom for mothers to pump and store their milk. Many studies have shown that workplace lactation support has positive impacts on the duration of breastfeeding for participating women. Employers benefit from providing worksite lactation support and accommodations through retention of experienced employees, reduction in sick time leave for children’s illnesses and lower health care and insurance costs.

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Guidelines and Resources

California Worksite Lactation Accommodation Law 

California Labor Code 1030-1033 

Department of Industrial Relations: Rest Periods/ Lactation Accommodation 

Department of Industrial Relations: Lactation Accommodation 

Minimum Requirements of the California Lactation Accommodation Law (PDF) 

To contact the Labor Commissioner's Office : check frequently asked questions before contacting the office closest to your workplace by phone or in person. 

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

Guide to the Rights of Breastfeeding Employees in California 

Federal Worksite Lactation Accommodation Law 

From the U.S. Department of Labor:

Guide to the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" Law 

Resources for Accommodating Breastfeeding Employees

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.

Maternity and Paternity Leave and Return Toolkit (PDF)  : developed by the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition.

Increasing Breastfeeding in the Low-Wage Worksite (PDF) : 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.

How Employment Can Support Breastfeeding : Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Guide for Establishing a Federal Nursing Mother's Program : from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Details requirements that Federal agencies must meet in support of nursing mothers, according to the Affordable Care Act. The Guide includes the benefits of breastfeeding to agencies, mothers, and their nursing infants and outlines steps to develop, improve and sustain a program.

Making It Work Toolkit (PDF) : Tips for accommodating nursing mothers in the workplace.

Breastfeed LA's Breastfeeding Works : Provides Employer Solutions, Employer Policy Toolkit, and Model Employer Policies.

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