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Repair and Maintenance

Nursing women working in the repair and maintenance profession may have limited space options to express milk. Flexible shared space with other staff or sharing space with a nearby business are possible solutions. Another option is to schedule use of the employee break room with a "do not disturb" sign on the door. Break time is usually easily arranged, and coverage is rarely needed. Nearby access to warm running water accommodates hand washing and cleaning of breast pump parts.

Feature Slides

  • A storage area at a repair shop provides private space to express milk. The simple accommodations work well.

    Clean, well-lit storage room
  • Signage on the door of a break room or another multipurpose room alerts other workers to respect the privacy of nursing mothers who are expressing milk.

    Privacy sign
  • Women working in repair or maintenance jobs may need sufficient break time to allow them to wash up before expressing milk.

    A woman car mechanic working on a car
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Space Solutions

  • Permanent space
    • Converted closet or storage area
    • Retrofitted ladies' restroom or lounge area
    • Small office area
  • Flexible space
    • Supervisor's office
    • Employee break area
    • Shared space with a nearby business

Time Solutions

  • Employees use usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Staff cover for one another as needed
  • Nursing women schedule breaks around client appointments

Other Solutions

  • 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 June 18, 2014.


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