Workplace Protection for Breastfeeding Employees

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Georgia Law, GA.Code An. § 34-1-6,  allows but does not require employers to provide reasonable time and space for breastfeeding employees. The FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) offers some workplace protection for breastfeeding employees; such as hourly employees.

We believe it is in the best interest of Georgia Citizens if all employers were required to provide what the FLSA protects but to include all lactating women.

Breastfeeding is the biological norm and is recommended by the World Health Organization and Unicef to be exclusive for the first 6 months of a child’s life. Afterwards, to receive it in addition to solid foods.

Most women return to work 6-8 weeks postpartum and if they are not provided with the time and space to pump it can affect a child’s health as well as a mother’s mental and physical health. I would like to suggest a change to our current Georgia law so that it falls in place with WHO and UNICEF and allows mothers the right to receive time and privacy to pump. Exclusive breastfeeding/pumping is important for both mother and child and your attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated. 

Let's make Georgia Breastfeeding Friendly for working moms.

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