Going back to work as a new mother is always difficult, especially if you’re breastfeeding and need the time and space to be able to continue providing breast milk for your baby.
Now, moms have new breastfeeding rights available under the Affordable Care Act.
Under the law, employers must provide time and space for new mothers to express milk for their babies until the child turns one year old. Women are allowed to pump for a reasonable amount of time as often as necessary. Employers must also provide a clean, private space, that doesn’t include a bathroom, for them to do so.
Women who find their employers have not provided a lactation space, can complain to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that women exclusively breastfeed for a child’s first six months of life, and then continue to breastfeed while introducing other foods until a child is at least one.