Federal Breastfeeding Law - Affordable Care Act

This resource provides the full text of the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law. It
includes FAQʼs regarding a breastfeeding parents rights.

Effective March 23, 2010, this federal law requires employers to provide break
time and a place for hourly paid workers to express breast milk at work. The law
states that employers must provide a "reasonable" amount of time and that they
must provide a private space other than a bathroom. They are required to provide
this until the employee's baby turns one year old.


Breastfeeding Laws by State

This resource gives information on breastfeeding laws on a state-by-state basis.
On March 30, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Among many provisions, Section 4207 of the law amends the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 (29 U.S. Code 207) to require an employer 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.


The WHO Code

Information on the World Health Organizationʼs International Code of Marketing Breastmilk

The World Health Assembly adopted the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk
Substitutes in 1981 to protect and promote breastfeeding, through the
provision of adequate information on appropriate infant feeding and the
regulation of the marketing of breast-milk substitutes, bottles and teats. In
subsequent years additional resolutions have further defined and strengthened
the Code.


Executive Summary - Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

This resource identifies ways that families, communities, employers, and health care
professionals can increase support for breastfeeding and improve breastfeeding rates.
The call to Action also documents disparities in breastfeeding practices. The website
provides information on the Itʼs Only Natural campaign which was developed to
help African-American women and families understand the health benefits of
breastfeeding—not just for babies, but for moms too.


American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP provides a host of online resources on breastfeeding for parents, providers,
and professionals.

The AAP is an organization of medical professionals dedicated to the optimal
physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children,
adolescents, and young.


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