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Federal Law for Nursing Mothers at Work

Current federal law protects the right to breastfeed on federal property, (U.S. Postal Appropriations Pub. L. 106-58, § 647 (1999)), and amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to guarantee nursing mothers reasonable break time and a protected place to express milk at work (Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act, Pub. L. 111-148, § 4207 (2010)). Under the law, employers must provide time, as frequently as needed, for non-exempt employees to express milk for their nursing children up to 1 year after birth and provide a private space that is not a bathroom for them to do so.

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