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For Moms

Breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby and has many special qualities that cannot be reproduced in formula. You can continue to give your baby the benefits of breastfeeding even when you return to work. Remember—some breastmilk is better than no breastmilk!

Continuing to breastfeed your baby after you return to work is very important for you and your baby’s health, but can sometimes be challenging to do if your employer is not supportive. It is important for you to know your rights. Under the federal 2010 Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, most employees have the right to take unpaid break time during the work day to express milk in a private, non-bathroom space free from intrusion. Visit our Breastfeeding Laws & Work page to learn more.

Get tips and suggestions for breastfeeding at work! My Guide to Working and Breastfeeding is a free booklet available in English and Spanish, and is designed to provide you with the information you need to successfully return to work and continue providing breastmilk for your child. You can download or order a free hard copy of this booklet and a Do Not Disturb, Pumping in Progress door hanger for use while you are pumping. Request a free hard copy by ordering online. If you receive WIC benefits, hard copies are also available through your local WIC clinic.

To learn more about insurance coverage of breastfeeding equipment/pumps and lactation counseling, visit Healthcare.gov and call your insurance provider to learn about what benefits you are eligible for.

For more information and tips on pumping while working visit Kellymom.com.

Not getting accommodated at work in Washington State?

Talk to your employer and share the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law .

If you are still not being accommodated at work you can file a claim with the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The regional Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division office is located in downtown Seattle. Their phone number is (206) 398-8039 or for toll free 1(866) 487-9243. Be prepared to provide them with some basic information about your situation, such as your contact information, where you work, what you do, and who to contact at your work.

For help, contact the Breastfeeding Coalition of WA, 206.281.8032. Learn more about filing a complaint.

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