Reliable Sources of Information About Breastfeeding and Expressing Milk While at Work

Link to 6 Key Laws Parents in California Need to Know: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/workfamilyca/pages/27/attachments/original/1458167572/KeyLawPoster_ENG.pdf?1458167572

This page contains links to information for mothers who need to breastfeed or express milk during times when they are away from their babies for non-medical reasons. Some of the information also applies to mothers who are separated from their infants for other reasons, but it is not meant to replace the information provided to you directly by a qualified IBCLC or other trained breastfeeding supporter.  If your baby is sick, hospitalized, born prematurely (including those born more than 1 week before due date), or has a medical condition, you need to seek assistance from an IBCLC if you are having problems with breastfeeding, expressing milk, milk supply, or if your baby is not able to feed at the breast for any reason.  

Please keep in mind that general information and tips created for a broad audience do not always help individuals who are struggling with any aspect of breastfeeding, and if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications or herbs, the "advice" you find on the internet may not apply to you or may even endanger you, your baby, and/or your milk supply.  Seek individualized assistance from a qualified source, such as Baby Cafe or an IBCLC, if you are experiencing specific challenges with breastfeeding or expressing milk.  

Private, in-home IBCLC consultations are available - please phone or text (661)243-0135.

Many mothers choose to express milk by hand; in fact, globally, more mothers use their hands than use breast pumps!  Both methods of milk expression can be effective with attention to good technique!

Many mothers choose to express milk by hand; in fact, globally, more mothers use their hands than use breast pumps!  Both methods of milk expression can be effective with attention to good technique!

Link to Information from the US Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) on Federal Law regarding break time for nursing mother

http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/Employment/WorkplaceSupport/WorkplaceSupportinFederalLaw/tabid/175/Default.aspx

From US Department of Labor on Break Time for Nursing Mothers

http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs73.htm

Laws and Regulations Specific to California 

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/healthyliving/childfamily/pages/californialawsrelatedtobreastfeeding.asp

Kellymom.com's collection of articles on Pumping for Employment contains a multitude of topics and useful facts.  

http://kellymom.com/category/bf/pumpingmoms/

Maya Bolman's Hand Expression Video

http://vimeo.com/65196007

Dr. Jane Morton's Hand Expression Video

http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html

Dr. Jack Newman's Article on Expressing Milk 

http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16:expressing-breast-milk&catid=5:information&Itemid=17

Best for Babes: "Working Moms: Top Tips for for Success" from bestforbabes.org - includes list of additional links

http://www.bestforbabes.org/workingmoms/

The Business Case for Breastfeeding - A comprehensive toolkit for companies who need to create a lactation program for their employees - From the US Department of Health & Human Services

http://mchb.hrsa.gov/pregnancyandbeyond/breastfeeding/