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Talking to Your Boss About Your Pump: Your Rights Under the Federal PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act

Returning to work after having a baby can be challenging, especially if you are breastfeeding, chestfeeding, or pumping milk. This guide will help you make a plan to take care of your lactation needs at work. It explains your legal protections and gives you practical tips for how to talk to your boss about changes you may need at work.


  •  Almost all workers have a legal right to break time and private space for pumping milk.
  •  You also may have a legal right to other changes at work for nursing and pumping.
  •  Your boss can’t fire you or treat you worse because you are nursing or pumping.
  •  Free legal help is available.

Read on to learn more.


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