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Many options are available for supporting nursing mothers who work in both indoor and outdoor construction settings. Mobile outdoor options can be considered for private space to express milk, and flexible indoor options might also be available. Another option is to ask the caregiver to bring the baby to the mother for feedings. Milk can be stored in the mother's personal cooler. Nearby access to water is optimal, if possible, for hand washing. Water might be available in a portable restroom facility or in a nearby building. Hand sanitizer is another option.

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  • Growing numbers of women are entering the construction industry. Many outdoor and indoor options support nursing moms when they return to work.

  • Businesses might make arrangements for nursing women working in construction to use private office space in the temporary office trailer or building at the construction site.

  • A portable lactation station retrofitted from a new portable restroom provides privacy for expressing milk. If nearby access to water is not possible, a portable restroom with water could be considered.

  • A lightweight mobile tent with a folding chair inside provides privacy for women to express milk.

  • The cab of large construction equipment could be used for privacy to express milk.

  • Another option is for the employee to use her car or the company vehicle to express milk. Windshield visors help keep the car cool and provide privacy. Tinted windows can also help.

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Space Solutions

  • Outdoor and mobile space options
    • Pop-up tent
    • Retrofitted portable restroom
    • Cab of construction equipment
    • Mother's vehicle with privacy visors covering the windshield
  • Flexible or shared space
    • Private office space at construction trailer or building on the site
    • Other unused office or storage space
    • Shared space with a nearby business

Time Solutions

  • Employees take 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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