New moms and their employers often face a challenge: making arrangements for moms to pump breast milk at work. Legal protections for breastfeeding mothers exist at the federal and state levels. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires businesses that employ more than 50 people to provide new mothers with “reasonable,” unpaid breaks to pump breast milk in private spaces—not bathrooms. Wisconsin specifically allows breastfeeding “in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be.” Wis. Stat. § 253.165. But, the obstacles to pumping at work—time-consuming, boring, inconvenient, and only somewhat effective—cause well-intentioned moms to give up nursing long before their babies’ first birthdays. Read more.
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