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Workplace Support

The following resources address workplace initiatives to support breastfeeding women.

Workplace Support in Federal Law (Affordable Care Act)

USBC Publications

Workplace Accommodations to Support and Protect Breastfeeding (2010 - background paper)

Workplace Breastfeeding Support (2002 - issue paper)

Workplace Accommodations Checklist

The Business Case for Breastfeeding

The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a comprehensive program designed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace. The program highlights how such support contributes to the success of the entire business. The Business Case for Breastfeeding offers tools to help employers provide worksite lactation support and privacy for breastfeeding mothers to express milk. The program also offers guidance to employees on breastfeeding and working. Resources to help lactation specialists and health professionals educate employers in their communities are also available.

Visit The Business Case for Breastfeeding on the Women' website

View the list of states that participated in The Business Case for Breastfeeding training initiative

National Business Group on Health Resources

The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspective on national health policy issues, has published a toolkit for employers entitled, Investing in Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies.

Download the toolkit

Download Employer Case Studies

Read Tips for Employers

ILCA's Worksite Lactation Support Directory

This directory, hosted by the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), lists over 200 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) across the U.S. who are available to assist employers in setting up a corporate lactation program.

Visit the directory

Supporting Working Moms Act

In May 2013, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Supporting Working Moms Act of 2013 in both houses of Congress. The bill (H.R. 1941, S. 934) would expand existing federal law to cover approximately 12 million salaried employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers.

Learn more about the Supporting Working Moms Act

State Legislation for Workplace Accommodations

50 State Summary of Breastfeeding Laws monitored by the National Conference of State Legislatures