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The federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers law requires employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to provide basic accommodations for breastfeeding mothers at work. Employers are required to provide reasonable break time for an employee 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.

Employers who invest in employee lactation accommodations see a 3:1 return on investment (ROI) because of:

  • Lower healthcare costs
  • Lower absenteeism for both mothers and fathers
  • Lower turnover rates
  • Improved employee morale

ODH, in partnership with Every Mother, Inc., developed the Ohio Workplace PLUS (Providing Lactation Upgrades and Support) toolkit. This is a free comprehensive resource for Human Resource professionals, supervisors, and employees. It will help businesses establish or enhance existing lactation accommodations. It has basic guidelines for just starting out. The toolkit is based on the national Business Case for Breastfeeding as well as findings from a statewide survey of Ohio businesses who attended the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Columbus, Ohio.

The Ohio Workplace PLUS Toolkit:

For Employers

Additionally, please view the “Ohio Businesses Supporting Breastfeeding” webinar presented by Cathy Carothers of Every Mother, Inc. at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1409064141205345281

(Please note: viewers will need to enter their name and email to view the recording.)

For Employees

For Breastfeeding Advocates