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Management companies have multiple options for milk expression space and support. Office areas, storage rooms, and other small spaces can provide privacy for nursing women. Larger companies may need multiple rooms or a multipurpose space. Smaller companies with fewer women can consider flexible spaces such as office space of a colleague or supervisor, a conference room, or employee break room. Women may not need coverage while they are taking milk expression breaks. If coverage is required, staff often cover for one another. Some companies also provide electric breast pumps and access to lactation consultants as part of their employee benefit package for nursing mothers at work.

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  • A management company that employs many females of childbearing age may need one or more permanent, dedicated milk expression spaces.

  • Work stations for management companies often include small cubicle environments. This makes it important to provide a dedicated private room for nursing women.

  • Rooms might include amenities for comfort and relaxing. When multiple women use the room, a hospital-grade electric breast pump can help minimize break time needed.

  • A dry erase scheduling board enables women at one company to reserve the lactation space. A paper sign-up sheet and online calendar are additional scheduling options.

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Space Solutions

  • Permanent space
    • Small office area
    • Converted closet or storage area
    • Enclosed area of unused space
    • Cubicle lactation area created with walls tall enough to protect privacy
  • Flexible space options
    • 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
  • 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 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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