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Administrative Support Services and Waste Management

Businesses providing administrative and support services often utilize standard office solutions to support nursing mothers. Unused offices or storage areas can provide permanent dedicated space. Conference or meeting rooms provide flexible, temporary space if there are not many women of childbearing age.

One option for employees who work outdoors for lengthy periods of time is to use space provided by other businesses. Employers should make the arrangements and provide employees with a list of businesses willing to share their lactation space. A portable lactation space, vehicle, or mobile option may also work for women working in the field.

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  • Many administrative employees use their private office or the office of a colleague to express milk.

  • A conference room can be used by nursing mothers as long as the door can be locked or appropriate signage is posted.

  • A pest control company found private space with a comfortable chair for nursing moms.

  • The milk expression room is located near an employee break area. A sink is available so women can wash their hands and breast pump parts.

  • When using flexible space, a sign on the door helps protect the privacy of employees who are expressing milk.

  • A lightweight mobile tent pops up and folds down easily as a temporary solution for women who work outdoors. A folding chair will need to be provided.

  • An employee could use her car or the cab of a company vehicle to express milk. Windshield visors help keep the car cool and provide privacy.

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Space Solutions

  • Permanent space in the main office
    • Designated office area
    • Wall constructed in existing space
    • Converted closet or storage area
    • Enclosed area of unused space
    • Cubicle lactation area created with tall cubicle partitions
  • Flexible space options in the main office
    • Conference room
    • Employee's office
    • Office of a manager, supervisor, or colleague
    • Screened-off area of a larger room
    • Employee break area
    • Shared space with businesses in the community
  • Outdoor/mobile options
    • Pop-up tent
    • Employee's personal vehicle or company vehicle with window coverings

Time Solutions

  • Employees use usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Staff provide coverage as needed

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
  • Employee stores her milk in a personal cooler or insulated lunch bag

Business Examples

Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated April 15, 2014.


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