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Laws Protecting Breastfeeding Employees

Returning to work following the birth of a child can be an emotional transition, which is particularly hard on a person who is also navigating breastfeeding and expressing milk while separated from the baby. Laws are in place to support breastfeeding persons in the workplace, and knowing your rights is an important step in discussing pumping breaks with employers or supervisors.

We Join the Call for Justice

Every life ever taken by state violence was some mother’s baby. We join the call for justice. Breastfeeding USA stands with Black Lives Matter to mourn the murder of George Floyd and to denounce police brutality everywhere. Coming so soon after the unjust killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, this latest example of lethal institutional racism must be condemned by all.

Questions About Milk Production: When will my milk come in?

Do any of the following statements sound familiar?

“You need to rest, so you should supplement with formula.”
"Your baby has jaundice, so you should supplement with formula.”
“Your milk hasn’t come in yet, so you need to feed formula.”

Pump and Dump?

Consider this excerpt from The American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report: “Many mothers are inappropriately advised to discontinue breastfeeding or avoid taking essential medications because of fears of adverse effects on their infants. This cautious approach may be unnecessary in many cases, because only a small proportion of medications are contraindicated in breastfeeding mothers or associated with adverse effects on their infants.”11