Need help returning to work as a breastfeeding mom?

Know the benefits! Several studies show that breastfeeding helps individual families as well as employers– improved productivity and employee loyalty, enhanced public image of the employer, AND decreased absenteeism, health care costs, and employee turnover.

Employers must 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 milk” per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into effect March 2010.

A few caveats,

    • this time expressing milk is unpaid time
    • employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to comply if it would cause the company financial strain
    • there is no other legislation to require an employer to give additional breaks outside of time needed to express milk.

 

      Your doctor can give you a letter for your employer to help facilitate “pump time.”

http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/letter-from-employees-physician.pdf

A great governmental resource to help with details of returning to work is http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/government-programs/business-case-for-breastfeeding/employees-guide.pdf

Hope this helps.

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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