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Personal and Laundry Services

Flexible options are needed to support nursing mothers working in small businesses such as hair and nail salons, spas, and cleaning services. Partitions, screens, curtains/shower curtains, or other barriers can create private space in a back room or break area. Employees who go to client office buildings or homes may need to arrange milk expression space with the client. Many office buildings provide lactation spaces that contractors can use. Shared space with nearby businesses can also be an option.

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  • Salons can use break areas, the manager's office, a massage room, or a storage area to create private space for milk expression.

  • A massage room can be used as a private area to express milk. These rooms are often warm and relaxing. Employees can schedule breaks between massage clients.

  • One large salon began a child care center for children of employees. Employees can now go to the on-site child care center to nurse their baby directly.

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Space Solutions


  • Back storage area of beauty salons
  • Facial or massage rooms in salons or day spa
  • Corner of an employee break area
  • Office of manager or supervisor
  • Conference or meeting room
  • Shared space with another business housed in the building, shopping center, or neighborhood

Time Solutions


  • Employees take usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Employees take breaks during down time, such as between clients
  • Coverage may not be 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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