The Louisiana Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program:
- Seeks to inform employers in Louisiana about the federal Nursing Mother’s law that supports breastfeeding employees.
- Assists employers in complying with the law by providing them with information and tools to establish workplace lactation programs.
- Designates businesses as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces and Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champions.
We can provide examples of how other similar businesses have complied with the law in terms of a lactation space and policy on break time. We can also provide guidance on how to inform employees and easily evaluate a lactation program.
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The Federal Nursing Mother’s law
Section 4207 of the Affordable Care Act requires all employers 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 milk, and
- A place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk.
If an employer has less than 50 employees, he can attempt to claim that implementing these two supports would be an undue hardship because of the size, financial resources, nature or structure of the business. Undue hardship is not available for employers that employ less than 50 employees in more than one location.
Supporting lactation is good for business
Employers who provide a supportive environment to help women continue breastfeeding/pumping after childbirth enjoy many proven benefits that directly affect the bottom line. These can include:
- Lower health care costs
- Lower employee turnover rates among breastfeeding parents
- Lower absenteeism rates, including fewer sick days, among breastfeeding parents
- Higher employee productivity among breastfeeding parents
- Higher morale and greater loyalty
- Improved ability to attract and retain valuable employees
- Family-friendly image in the community