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Nursing mothers report they feel safe and confident expressing milk at work when the space is private. The federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers law requires that employers provide a space that is private and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public. The law does not specify that the milk expression space must have a door with a lock. However, the company must assure that each nursing woman's privacy will be respected.

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  • A variety of options help provide privacy for nursing moms who are expressing milk at work.

  • Standard Lock. A common solution for privacy is to include a door that locks from the inside. This gives nursing mothers control over who can enter the room.

  • Keypad Lock. A keypad lock is a privacy solution for single or multi-user space. Women who register to use the room receive a key code. An "Available" sign with the keypad lock alerts women when others are in the room.

  • Electronic Lock. An electronic key is often used in large facilities such as hospitals.

  • Signage outside buildings or key areas helps increase awareness of available services for nursing moms.

  • The lactation room is included in the building directory at a large university.

  • In a larger building, directional signage alerts employees of available support.

  • A simple door sign is made by downloading the International Breastfeeding Symbol at: www.breastfeedingsymbol.org. If signage is used instead of a lock, a well-communicated policy helps all employees respect the privacy of nursing moms.

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Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated April 15, 2014.


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