In 2010, the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law was passed. The provision requires reasonable break time and a private non-bathroom space for breastfeeding employees to pump during the work day. This was a major win for families, providing critical protections for millions of workers who choose to continue breastfeeding after returning to work.
While the law was a great step, nearly one in four women of childbearing age are not covered by the Break Time law. As a result, many workers face serious health consequences, including the risk of painful illness and infection, diminished milk supply, or inability to continue breastfeeding. But this could soon change.
Congressional champions are preparing to introduce the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act, a bill that would ensure all workers have the right to break time and a private space to pump breast milk as well as a mechanism to ensure that workers can hold their employer accountable if they do not comply.
A strong bill introduction with support from Senators and Representatives on both sides of the aisle is the best shot at making this bill a reality. To contact your Members of Congress and urge them to support the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, the United States Breastfeeding Committee has developed a new action tool. To learn more about the Act, read the fact sheet.