Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Breastfeeding

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) amended section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk. 

This site provides links to applicable laws and a number of general guidance resources, most of which are in English and Spanish, including a fact sheet, FAQs, a nursing mother's employee rights card, a PowerPoint presentation containing information about the law and links to additional resources, and multiple resources for how to file a complaint.

Also available is a recording of webinar from September 2013, WIC and Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA Webinar, presented by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Developed by: U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division