Workplace: About the Project

This worksite lactation support initiative - funded by the Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) - is a project intended to increase the number of Michigan businesses/worksites able to assess their compliance with the federal breastfeeding accommodation law, "Break Time for Nursing Mothers."

The project is in its third year, and includes social marketing, workplace awards, coalition engagement, and much more! 

 

Break Time for Nursing Mothers: Federal Breastfeeding Accommodation Law

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was amended in 2010 to require employers to provide reasonable break time for employees to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk. The break time requirement became effective when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010.