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Accommodation and Food Service

Employers in the accommodation and food service industry have many options for flexible and shared space for nursing mothers who are employed by the business or who are visiting the facility as customers or patrons. Hotels have ample space options, including empty guest rooms, small conference rooms, and office areas. Hotels might also offer their available space to women working in nearby small businesses that lack space. Restaurants often use flexible options such as the manager's office and storage areas. Space can also be created using simple divider screens for privacy.

Feature Slides

  • Video: The Indianapolis Hampton Inn uses many flexible spaces for nursing mothers, including the hospitality suite, conference rooms, and other small spaces.

  • Video: Private space is provided for nursing women to express milk at the corporate office, the manufacturing plant, and at local scoop shops around the country.

  • Video: Despite limited space at Carl's Jr. fast food restaurant, management provides nursing moms with flexible, rotating schedules and private space in a small storage closet to express milk at work.

  • Video: The Red Hen Bakery and Café accommodates nursing women with flexible space when the need arises. Creative scheduling helps employees take their breaks as needed to express milk.

  • A variety of flexible space options provide support for nursing women working in restaurants.

  • Pepperhead Restaurant in Cortez, CO uses a converted restroom and available office space to support nursing moms. They also allow women to bring their infant to work.

  • A fast food restaurant makes the manager's office available for nursing women. Surveillance cameras are covered and personnel files are locked.

  • A hotel provides vacant guest rooms and flexible scheduling options to help women express milk while they are at work.

  • Hotels have many space options, including available hospitality suites, conference rooms, and empty guest rooms.

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Space Solutions

  • Flexible space in hotels
    • Empty guest room
    • Available hospitality suite
    • Available conference room
    • Manager's office
  • Flexible space in restaurants
    • Manager's office
    • Storage area
    • Small space with a divider screen for privacy
    • Shared space with a nearby business

Time Solutions

  • Employees take usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Floaters assist with coverage

Other Solutions

  • Child care provider brings the baby to the employee for feedings
  • Employee goes home or to the child care provider to feed the baby
  • Employer arranges for mother to keep her baby at work with her
  • Employee stores her milk in a personal cooler or insulated lunch bag that is not stored with customer food

Business Examples


Grocery Stores


Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated April 15, 2014.


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