Breastfeeding Resources for Employers

Employers play a vital role in supporting breastfeeding mom. To learn the basics on why and how to support breastfeeding moms returning to work, visit MN Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Information for Workplaces page.

Do you support breastfeeding moms? The Minnesota Department of Health recognizes workplaces that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting breastfeeding mothers by creating a workplace lactation support program (Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces, n.d.). To learn more about becoming a recognized breastfeeding friendly workplace, visit MN Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces page.

For additional resources, visit the St. Louis County Breastfeeding Support webpage, and Northland Breastfeeding Coalition and MN Breastfeeding Coalition websites.

Breastfeeding Laws

National Legislation Supporting Breastfeeding

U.S. Congress. (2010, March 23). Reasonable break time for nursing mothers. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Section 4207. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. This is from the original Affordable Care Act bill.

Summary of National Legislation Supporting Breastfeeding

U.S. Dept. of Labor. Fact Sheet:  Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (March 23, 2010):   https://mnbfc.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/federal-fact-sheet.pdf

Minnesota Legislation Supporting Breastfeeding

Workplace Support (MN Statute 181.939)Location for Breastfeeding (MN Statute 145.905)Indecent Exposure Exemption (MN Statute 617.23)

Summaries of Minnesota Legislation Concerning Pregnancy and Nursing Mothers

Pregnancy Leave, Pregnancy Accommodations at Work, Nursing Mothers: Department of Labor and IndustryLegal Protection for Nursing Mothers in Minnesota: Public Health Law Center Fact Sheet

Source: MN Breastfeeding Coalition Laws Webpage

Minnesota Laws Regarding Doula Services

Overview of MN State Statutes on Doula Services: Department of Human Services