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In 2010, Congress modified the rules regarding breaks for nursing mothers. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are required to provide a reasonable break time for a nursing mother to express breast milk for her nursing child. These breaks happen each time a nursing mother needs to express the milk. Nursing mothers are entitled to these breaks for up to one year after the child’s birth.
Employers are also required to provide a private location, not a bathroom, where the nursing mother can express her milk. This new regulation became effective March 23, 2010. Employers are now required to provide these breaks and locations to each nursing mother.