Many mothers are anxious to collect extra milk for their babies in anticipation of time apart. You may be thinking about being away for a few hours or perhaps you will be returning to work or school in a few weeks or months.
So when can you start pumping? When and how often should you express extra milk? How much should you store? How long is milk good for in the freezer? And when should you introduce a bottle to your baby?
In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide a reasonable break time for employees who need to express breastmilk for their nursing children. They are required to provide this until the baby turns one year old. Employers must also provide a place each time the employee needs to express the milk, other than a bathroom. This area must be shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.
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Expressing Milk at Work; The Affordable Health Care Act
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