Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

30.029 - Policy Statement

Brown University, in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, adopts this policy to support the health and well-being of employees and their infant children by providing a workplace that supports a decision of an employee to breastfeed. The University supports and encourages the practice of breastfeeding and the expression of breast milk by employees who are breastfeeding when they return to work. Additionally, it is the policy of the University to prohibit discrimination and harassment of breastfeeding employees who exercise their rights under this policy.

Eligibility for Breastfeeding Break Time

Upon return to work after the birth of a child and for one year thereafter, breastfeeding employees shall be allowed reasonable time to express milk during work hours. 

Procedure for Breastfeeding Break Time

The Employee shall be responsible for the following: 

1.         Requesting and arranging with their supervisor appropriate and reasonable break times or flexible scheduling for expressing milk.

The Supervisor shall be responsible for the following:

1.         Providing reasonable paid break times each day for employees wishing to express breast milk.

2.         Providing a private space with a lock on the door for expressing milk. A bathroom stall or storage area shall not serve as a lactation space. If employees prefer, they may also express milk in their own private offices.

3.         Assisting in providing a positive atmosphere of support for breastfeeding employees.

 The length of the break length shall be dependent on the amount of travel time to/from the room to be used, not more than 20-30 minutes.

 The number of breaks per day shall be one every 3-4 hours.

 For non-exempt employees, breaks satisfy break requirements as stated in HR Policy 20.061.

 Related Documents/Information/References

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20.061 General Conditions of Employment

Revised: January 25, 2013

Contact:  Benefits Office,, 401-863-2141