How has the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers"
law made a difference for YOU?
law made a difference for YOU?
Please submit your story below about how the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law has made a difference for you. In 2011, a new federal law was passed requiring employers to provide "reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom place for nursing mothers to express breast milk during the workday." (See our FAQ for details on who is covered.) Although many employers already offered these accommodations to their breastfeeding employees, the federal law has given many more mothers the opportunity to continue breastfeeding while working.
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Submissions will become part of a bank of real-life stories documenting how the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law is helping more mothers to reach their personal breastfeeding goals. Stories will be compiled and displayed on this page in real time and used for a variety of purposes, including in conversations with Congress, policymakers, and the media, and in future action campaigns, blogs, articles, etc. (You can choose to use your name or remain anonymous.)
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|55||Thu Jan 17 22:19:19 EST 2013||Shavon Puckett||Sidney, OH||I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to have break time at work so I can/could continue to breastfeed. I love breastfeeding and love that is so beneficial to my children and without ample time More....|
|54||Tue Dec 11 13:29:17 EST 2012||Tonya Sandidge||Atlanta, GA||First and foremost I just want to begin by saying that I am the proud mother of six wonderful children ages 19, 17, 14, 10, 6 and 2yrs old. Of the six children I have breastfed for a total of approximately More....|
|53||Fri Sep 28 12:47:25 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Washington, DC||I work for a Member of Congress and I am so thankful for the federal break time for nursing moms. As a result, I am provided a nice clean area in our builidng's health unit to express milk at any time More....|
|52||Wed Sep 05 16:07:44 EDT 2012||Gayle Chavez||Blue Springs, MO||I was very fortunate to be able to breastfeed all of my children will full support of my family. I'm glad that the " break time for nursing mothers" law is around to help new mothers. I'm know there More....|
|51||Fri Aug 10 13:47:02 EDT 2012||Anonymous||charleston, SC||I am currently 6 months into BF my first child. It is the biggest commitment i have ever made but also by far the most rewarding. I think that is why BF moms are so hardcore about talking about it and More....|
|50||Thu Jul 26 12:13:02 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Oakwood, GA||I am a Certified Lactation Consultant and I help moms and families when support is needed, being a mom of 2 and 1 on the way, I understand the need for Support and Education, families who understand that More....|
|49||Tue Jul 10 11:33:27 EDT 2012||Samantha Hartsell||Russellville, AL||I work for a federal utility, and as a federal employee, was only afforded the right to pump after I returned to work by the President's executive order which extended the same benefits in the AFA to More....|
|48||Thu Jun 28 09:54:59 EDT 2012||Hannah Severson||Madison Heights, MI||The "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law made a big difference for me. I would not have been able to breastfeed if I hadn't been able to pump milk at work. It was very important to me that I did breastfeed More....|
|47||Fri Jun 22 09:59:23 EDT 2012||Lisa Hamrick||Kansas City, KS||When my son was born 10 weeks early, our life turned completely upside down. We had been expecting a completely normal pregnancy and didn't have any complications until one morning I woke up with bleeding, More....|
|46||Thu Jun 21 15:25:09 EDT 2012||Michael jackson||battle creek, MI||moms need this program its awesome and the numbers have been rising! KEEP THE PROGRAM!!|
|45||Thu Jun 21 15:21:08 EDT 2012||rickeshia hubbard||battle creek, MI||i am a breastfeeding mother i successfilly breastfed my son for 9 months and i am still breastfeeding my 11 month old daughter. i also happen to be a breastfeeding peer counselor at the calhoun county More....|
|44||Thu Jun 21 15:12:46 EDT 2012||Myyawnna Sloan-Gross||battle creek, MI||Breastfeeding is something that everyone should at lease try, like i did. I was a 16 year-old mother going to school and work. At that time, even sleep was difficult. I found out that breastfeeding was More....|
|43||Tue Jun 19 09:52:23 EDT 2012||Dawn Reynolds||Ionia, MI||I personally have did not have the advantage of a peer counselor. My youngest child is 30 years old and I tried to breastfeed but failed.
My daughter is a peer counselor and she has a true passion More....
|42||Tue Jun 19 08:05:49 EDT 2012||Kelly Gemmel||East Lansing, MI||I was trained as a Breastfeeding Support Counselor in Chicago, IL in 2001. Not only has my training been infinitely valuable in my job as a dietitian/nutritionist, but also in persevering through some More....|
|41||Sat Jun 16 06:29:22 EDT 2012||frances daugherty||bethel, OH||I have 2 children one is 2 and I had bf her till she was 15monthes. I don't think I would have done that with out the love and support of the bf programs. I now have an infant and plan on bf him till at More....|
|40||Sat Jun 16 05:39:22 EDT 2012||Teresa Coverdale||Danvilee, IN||My story is one of Non support. I successfully bf 3 children because of the book WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING. Back in the 1960's there was little support for lactation, we were called hippies because More....|
|39||Thu Jun 14 18:59:24 EDT 2012||Mara McCord||Portage, IN||I want to share my success story of how I was able to breast feed my daughter. The hospital I had her at was not breast feeding friendly and did everything they could to discourage my breast feeding attempts. More....|
|38||Sun Jun 10 00:23:16 EDT 2012||Jessica Pratt||Austin, TX||For all three of my babies I returned to my corporate career when they were 12 weeks old. I planned to breast feed for at least one year. It helped having a private, comfortable "mother's room" for pumping More....|
|37||Fri Jun 01 13:01:03 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Ridgecrest, CA||I was a federal employee for over 6 years. This included the time before and after I had my first baby. I had a number of issues with my supervisor regarding getting and being pregnant. I was able to More....|
|36||Fri Apr 27 13:37:22 EDT 2012||Amber Snow||Duluth, MN||I recently wrote a blog about this topic. Not sure if it will be helpful in this context but here is the link: http://ambersnowflakes.blogspot.com/2012/04/pump-up-jams-pump-it-up.html|
|35||Tue Apr 24 20:55:19 EDT 2012||Jahmari Destina||Junction City, KS||I returned to work at my Air National Guard base after three months of maternity leave. I was surprised by the amount of support I received from the other members of my shop (which is mostly male). More....|
|34||Tue Apr 24 00:14:03 EDT 2012||Anonymous||newport beach, CA|
|33||Mon Apr 23 15:35:38 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Augusta, GA||I have an 11 week old baby girl and have been back at work for 5 weeks. I knew I wanted to breastfeed and it was my biggest anxiety about returning to work. It has gone perfectly so far thanks to my understanding More....|
|32||Mon Apr 23 15:24:56 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Colorado Springs, CO||With both of my children, I had to return to work after only 6 weeks of maternity leave. I would never have been able to continue breastfeeding if my employer did not provide a space for me to pump at More....|
|31||Mon Apr 23 14:01:04 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Fairfax, VA||I work for the US government overseas. After the birth of my first child, even though the new law was enacted in order to allow me to express breast milk at least twice a day - I was denied. I was told More....|