Saturday, August 28, 2010
New law for breastfeeding Moms who work
This law applies to you, your daughters, your sisters and your best friends........
A new fact sheet from the US Department of Labor providers information on break time requirements for nursing mothers that are now in effect as a result of passage of federal health care reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). These requirements took effect when the PPACA was signed into law in March 2010. The fact sheet outlines the general provisions of the law, noting that “employers are required 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 the employee has need to express the milk. Employers must also 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.”
To review the entire fact sheet online go to http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs73.htm.
Special thanks to my colleagues at NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) specifically Geri Fitzgerald the head of our Breastfeeding special interest group for sharing this information with me so that I could repost it here.