Knowing your rights as a breastfeeding employee and early communication with your employer are some of the key steps to planning a successful transition back to work. The law requires employers to provide break time and a private place for hourly paid employees to pump breast milk during the work day. Contact your state or local breastfeeding coalition to find out if you are covered by a state law, and join the United States Breastfeeding Committee USBC in the fight to extend workplace breastfeeding protection to more employees by asking your legislators to cosponsor the Supporting Working Moms Act.
Both Texas and federal law recognize that breastfeeding is good for mom, baby, and society. Mothers can legally breastfeed in public in every state, including Texas, and workplace rights allow reasonable break time and a private space for nursing moms to express breastmilk. Texas law states that a mother can breastfeed her baby anywhere she is allowed to be.
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Health professionals and public health officials promote breastfeeding to improve infant health. Both mothers and children benefit from breast milk. Breastfed children have fewer ear, respiratory and urinary tract infections and have diarrhea less often.
The law requires employers to provide a place that is not a bathroom. It must be completely private so that no one can see inside the space and no one is able to enter the space while it is being used. It also must be "functional [useable] as a space for expressing breast milk.
The "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law recognizes that the amount of time it takes to express breast milk is different for every mother. According to the Business Case for Breastfeeding it usually takes around minutes to pump breast milk, plus the time it takes to get and put away your pump from where it will be stored between pumping sessions, travel to your pumping space, set up and clean your supplies, store your milk, and travel back to your work station for a total of about 30 minutes. Pump time may vary for different pump types single, double, electric, etc.
Thinking about making a comment—or asking a question—about breastfeeding to your sister, your BFF, or the lady across from you at the coffee shop? For the love of all the nursing mamas in the world, read this first. Do you think the baby had enough to eat?
Which is to say, not good. I thought that things might get better once I had babies, but sadly that was not the case. Especially, it seems, when it came to breastfeeding. You would not believe the rude, surprising and actually creepy things my mother-in-law said to me when I was breastfeeding.
Unfortunately, many parents end up having to deal with criticism about their choice to breastfeed at one point or another. Criticism from family members and others close to you can be much harder to handle. Sometimes the people close to you — particularly your parents — feel that when you make parenting choices that are different from their own, it is a personal attack on their own parenting choices.