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World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 – 7, 2014

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Friday, August 1, 2014

A statement by Dr. Nancy C. Lee, M.D, Office on Women’s Health

This week is World Breastfeeding Week, a time to celebrate breastfeeding and to energize our support for mothers in their breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding can improve health outcomes for both mothers and babies.

Work that requires separation from their babies is a challenge that faces many breastfeeding mothers in the United States. To support nursing moms at work, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, with support from the Department of Labor, recently launched an initiative to support employers’ efforts to comply with the federal Break Times for Nursing Mothers law. This law, part of the Affordable Care Act, requires employers to provide two basic types of accommodations: time and a private space to express their milk.

The Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions initiative includes photos, videos, and additional resources for creative worksite lactation support. Over 200 businesses across a variety of industries are represented.

We hope employers will use this resource to support breastfeeding mothers who return to work. 

To learn more about the Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions initiative, visit www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/employer-solutions.

To learn more about breastfeeding, visit www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding.

To learn more about the Break Times for Nursing Mothers law, visit www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers.

Content last updated: August 04, 2014.

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