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Workplace Accommodations to Support and Protect Breastfeeding


This paper provides a background for understanding the role of lactation breaks in the workplace as a critical way to improve the health and productivity of working women and their children, in compliance with Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Section 1 presents the public health case
  • Section 2 explains how lactation breaks support the physical process of maintaining milk supply
  • Section 3 discusses lactation breaks in the context of other work-family and workplace wellness issues and explores the business case for breastfeeding
  • Section 4 reviews U.S. laws about breastfeeding and the workplace and looks ahead to unfinished business
  • The Appendix offers a quick look at the history of infant feeding and women’s work, in order to provide context for decision-makers in government and business

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