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In 2022, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act to take effect in 2023. The Consolidated Appropriations Act includes the PUMP Act that extends breastfeeding rights and protections to lactating and nursing employees. The PUMP Act requires employers to provide lactating and nursing employees with break times and a private space to express breastmilk at work for their nursing child.

“The PUMP Act builds on the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Act (the break time law), passed in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The PUMP Act amends and expands that legislation to provide workplace protections to nearly 9 million additional breastfeeding employees who were not previously covered under the ACA and makes available enforcement mechanisms that were not included in the 2010 law.”

- Becca Damante, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress

Apr 28, 2023

The law’s expanded enforcement provision, which gives a right to file a lawsuit for monetary remedies goes into effect April 28, 2023.

  • What can an employee do if their employer refuses to comply with the law? Read here

The PUMP Act helps working mothers breastfeed more successfully! When moms have more accessibility to pump they’re able to provide breastmilk to their babies for much longer. We love this because we know breastfeeding has a ton of benefits for your baby and YOU.

If you are currently breastfeeding, plan to breastfeed, are supporting a breastfeeding partner, or just want to learn more, visit BWPC Breastfeeding resource pages:

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