You know you need a private place for nursing moms. But now what?
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to provide a secure and private lactation room for breastfeeding employees who need to breast pump at work. The first thing you'll want to do is to asses your need and your space.
Assess Need and Space
- Number of female employees/guests/clients
- Current accommodations
- Size of your facility (What distance will a new mom have to travel?)
- Available square footage
- Accessibility needs (ADA)
Build Or Buy
Once you understand your need and space capacity, you’ll next have to consider whether to buy a portable lactation pod or build out a new room. Both space and time are limited resources, so you’ll also want to ensure that you’re providing appropriate accommodations with minimal disruption to the workplace and the least amount of employee downtime.
To help with your decision, here’s a side-by-side comparison:
Making sure that breastfeeding mamas have a clean and private place to pump is not just smart business, it's breast practice.