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The information industry ranges from large corporations with satellite offices across America to small media outlets and local community libraries. This requires that a variety of options be explored to support nursing mothers at work. Consider the number of women of childbearing age, work schedules, and available private space. Flexible options such as conference areas or private offices can be used in smaller work settings with fewer women needing private space. Larger settings with satellite offices may need multiple permanent spaces. Local libraries might consider sharing space with employees working in nearby small businesses, and even providing space for local nursing mother's groups. Information industries can also assist in sharing information about supporting nursing mothers in the community.

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  • Video: The Library of Congress provides a suite of lactation rooms and framed photos from the library archives as a respite for nursing women.

  • Video: Flexible work schedules and a family-friendly focus help support nursing women at Group Publishing.

  • A public television studio uses flexible space as milk expression areas. Women can use an available office/storage area to express milk. Door signage reminds co-workers to respect the privacy of nursing women.

  • A publishing company designated a permanent space with comfortable amenities, including a baby changing table if babies are brought to their moms for direct feedings.

  • A national wireless mobile communications company has several designated permanent milk expression spaces. Their corporate philosophy supporting nursing women assures equal access to support services.

  • A refrigerator, sink with running water, and cabinets to store breast pump supplies can make permanent milk expression spaces even more useful.

  • A national Internet service provider offers two types of hospital-grade breast pumps in their permanent lactation rooms. Women can use the pump that best meets their needs.

  • The Library of Congress in Washington, DC built a multi-user lactation suite. The suite includes four fully enclosed lactation rooms with doors that lock and a shared sink.

  • Individual rooms within the lactation suite at the Library of Congress include a chair and flat surface for the pump, an electric outlet, and framed photographs of mothers and babies from the library's collection archives.

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Space Solutions

  • Permanent space
    • Small office area
    • Wall constructed within existing space
    • Converted closet or storage area
    • Enclosed area of a ladies' lounge
    • Enclosed area of unused space
    • Cubicle space created from tall partitions
  • Flexible space
    • Conference room
    • Employee's office
    • Office of a manager, supervisor, or colleague
    • Employee break area

Time Solutions

  • Employees take usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Staff provide coverage as needed
  • Schedule breaks during down time

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 baby to remain with the employee at work
  • 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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