Why are Changes Needed?
Women are a huge part of today’s workforce and working is an economic necessity for most mothers. There are benefits to employers for investing in women workers but current federal accommodations under the 2010 Federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers legislation does not provide comprehensive workplace breastfeeding policies. When companies support breastfeeding, businesses gain a three-to-one return on investment in addition to greater employee retention, lower absenteeism, and a more creative and productive work environment.
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2019 MIBFN Workplace Policy Positions
- Employers should provide comprehensive workplace breastfeeding protection for all employees regardless of legal status and employment classification.
- Employers should provide flexible, comprehensive time solutions for all employees regardless of legal status and employment classification.
- Regardless of work environment, space solutions should be provided for all employees.
- Whenever feasible, access to baby for direct breastfeeding in the workplace should be the standard for employees.
- Comprehensive paid family leave legislation should be adopted at the national level.
To view the full policy position, download the position paper here.
- MIBFN Door Hangers (Preview: English | Spanish | Arabic | Burmese | Japanese)
- MIBFN Business Case for Breastfeeding Postcard
- MIBFN Lactation Support Policy CUSTOMIZABLE Template (Word | PDF)
- MIBFN Breastfeeding is Good for Employers handout (English | Spanish | Arabic | Burmese | Japanese)
- Department of Labor Fact Sheet 73 is an overview of the law, requirements, and how to file a complaint
- Department of Labor Fact Sheet 17a helps you to determine if you are an exempt or non-exempt employee
- Department of Labor Fact Sheet 77a explains how employers cannot retaliate against employees who file a complaint
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Does your employer provide time and space for breastfeeding employees in compliance with the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law?
MIBFN aims to increase the visibility of policy makers who adopt breastfeeding-supportive policies.
- There are three award levels (Bronze: 1-5 points, Silver: 6-10 points, Gold 11+ points and complete the DHEW)
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
- Awards are good for 1 calendar year
View and congratulate Workplace Award recipients!
- Have you supported a breastfeeding employee as she was returning or after she returned to work?
- Does your employer go above and beyond to provide accommodations for breastfeeding employees when they return to work?
- Are you an employer or HR manager that serves as a champion and advocate for breastfeeding employees?
- Have you done something innovative to support breastfeeding in the workplace?
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