Hi ladies. I've been trying to do some research on expressing breastmilk while at work. Specifically, what are the legal requirements regarding "nursing mother facilities" that employers have to adhere to.
I'm having trouble finding anything other that "employers have to consider the breastfeeding mothers needs" and "at this point in time legislation does not safeguard a woman's right to take lactation breaks".
Now my employer is pretty flexible with taking lactation breaks. But I think the nursing mothers room at one of its facilities is inadequate:
- it is not entirely private. There is a glass panel near the door with partial frosting. If someone was to walk reasonably close past the glass panel they could potentially see in. This forces a nursing mother to cram themselves in a corner of the room which is furthest away from the glass panel. This also means a provided table can not be used.
- there is no fridge in the room for storing breastmilk. You are required to use a communal lunch room fridge and we all know hygienic they can be.
If you express at work what are your facilities like?
Does anyone know what the legal requirements are?