More Protection for Nursing Moms
04.05.10 New health care law requires employers to provide space, time for lactation breaks
With all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the approval of health care legislation last month, one motherhood-related provision in the bill went largely unnoticed but should be heralded: lactation breaks.
Working mothers who are still breastfeeding will get a break—and a place to take it—thanks to a provision in the legislation signed by President Barack Obama, The New York Times reports.
Companies with 50 or more employees are required to set aside break times for nursing mothers and create a private space other than a bathroom for breastfeeding, according to the Times. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from following this requirement.
The list of benefits from breastfeeding for you and your baby is endless. If you're thinking about nursing your baby, there's plenty you can do to ensure breastfeeding success. Check out our Nursing School guide for tips to get you started, plus information on why mother's milk is the best way to feed your baby.
Nursing is the simplest and most natural way to nourish your baby. But don't kid yourself because it can also be the most challenging, especially in those first few days. Our lactation experts take you step-by-step with photos on how to get the right latch.
Continuing to breastfeed after you return to work takes commitment, so we offer you our nuts-and-bolts guide of pumping to keep you on the right track.
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And don't forget to bookmark our Ultimate Guide of Breastfeeding, your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about nursing your little one—from buying your first nursing bra to deciding when to wean.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.