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Assisting employers to support nursing moms

Returning to work can be overwhelming for any new mom, and supporting nursing mothers can be confusing for employers. Minnesota State Statute 181.939 helps support nursing moms going back to work by requiring employers to provide reasonable unpaid break times and a room to express breast milk. The space must be a private room or other intrusion-free place near the work area. The space should include an electrical outlet and table for a pump. Bathrooms are not acceptable for sanitary reasons.

A work site that offers support to nursing moms can be recognized as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace. In 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health awarded Bloomington Public Health a gold level recognition award for supporting breastfeeding.

Public Health is dedicated to supporting, actively promoting and protecting breastfeeding. Free consultation is available for Bloomington employers that need advice on meeting statute requirements. “Some workplaces don’t know about the law or what to do to comply, and we can help them,” Health Specialist Joan Bulfer said.

Visit blm.mn/breastfeeding or call 952-563-8992 for information.