Nursing moms should not be penalized at work because they want to provide food for their babies.
Legal protections exist to help mothers maintain milk supply while away from their children, but not enough women understand their rights or where to go when those rights are violated. As a result, mothers are forced to wean their babies early, endure painful health complications, or even lose their jobs.
A Better Balance is educating and empowering nursing mothers to exercise their rights on the job, and helping to enforce laws designed to support women who want to continue breastfeeding after they return to work.
State and Local Breastfeeding Protections
Although many states require employers to give nursing moms time and space to express breastmilk in the workplace, there is wide variation in how these laws are enforced.
Enforcing Legal Rights for New York’s Nursing Moms
New York has strong workplace protections for nursing mothers. ABB is dedicated to enforcing the law and ensuring that breastfeeding women know their rights. We led the way to reform the New York Nursing Mothers Bill of Rights to include information about workplace protections during the immediate post-partum period when new moms are establishing breastfeeding.
Legal Protections Under the Affordable Care Act
Even where state law does not guarantee protections for nursing mothers on the job, federal law may be able to help. The Affordable Care Act ensures that certain workers be afforded break time and a private space to express breast milk.
To learn more about workplace protections for breastfeeding mothers across the country, visit the ABB Resources section on Breastfeeding While Working.
Here you’ll get a wealth of information, including:
- Know-Your-Rights resources about breastfeeding protections.
- Details about our campaign to update the New York Nursing Mothers Bill of Rights to include information about workplace rights to new moms in healthcare facilities.
- Information about our efforts to provide robust enforcement of legal protections for nursing moms.
- Assistance to state and local campaigns to strengthen breastfeeding protections.