The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of infancy, followed by continued breastfeeding, as other foods are introduced, for at least one year. Approximately 70 percent of mothers with children younger than three years old work full time. Women who return to work face barriers to breastfeeding. Studies show that a woman’s career plans are the most significant factor in determining the duration of breastfeeding and whether she breastfeeds at all.
Accommodating breastfeeding in the workplace benefits employers and the U.S. health care system. This brief covers federal and state laws pertaining to breastfeeding in the workplace and the barriers faced by breastfeeding employees.