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Finance and Insurance

There are many options for milk expression areas in typical office environments of financial institutions and insurance companies. Many businesses are housed in large buildings and employ a large number of women of childbearing age. Permanent, dedicated spaces will be needed if work cubicles are not private.

Many large financial institutions have multiple offices across the country. They may need to establish company-wide policies to assure consistent access to benefits by all employees. Milk expression rooms may also be needed at multiple sites. Smaller companies with fewer employees may use private office areas and other flexible spaces.

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  • Office environments provide both permanent and flexible space options that support nursing mothers at work.

  • A clean closet or storage area in a local bank doubles as a private space for expressing milk.

  • A designated milk expression room helps nursing women who work in cubicles to access the privacy they need to express milk. Some businesses use tall cubicles with a door that locks to create the private space.

  • A small corner in a larger office was enclosed to create a private milk expression space at a California insurance company.

  • Nursing women often use private offices in smaller banks and other financial institutions. Scheduling options and ongoing communication will assure that everyone's needs are met.

  • A credit union conference room is a flexible area used for milk expression by nursing women.

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Space Solutions


  • Permanent space
    • Small office area
    • Wall added in existing space
    • Converted closet or storage area
    • Retrofitted area of a ladies' lounge
    • Enclosed area of unused space
    • Cubicle lactation area created from tall partitions
  • Flexible space options
    • Conference room
    • Employee's office
    • Office of a manager, supervisor, or colleague
    • Employee break area
    • Shared space with another business housed in the building, complex, or neighborhood

Time Solutions


  • Employees take usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Staff provide coverage as needed
  • Coverage may not be needed

Other Solutions


  • Telework
  • Job sharing with another employee
  • 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 the infant to remain with the employee at work
  • Employee stores her milk in a personal cooler or insulated lunch bag

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Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated April 15, 2014.

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