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HHS Website Helps Employers Comply With ACA Breastfeeding Rules

HHS Website Helps Employers Comply With ACA Breastfeeding Rules

June 25, 2014 — HHS's Office on Women's Health this week unveiled an online resource designed to help employers provide women with a private place and adequate time to breastfeed or pump during work, the Huffington Post reports.

The Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) requires that employers offer breastfeeding mothers time and a private place -- other than a restroom -- to express milk.

WomensHealth.gov and the Society for Human Resource Management developed the online resource to help employers comply with the ACA and boost the rate of women who continue breastfeeding through their infants' first year.

The website includes 28 videos that outline "creative solutions" for employers to address women's breastfeeding needs, such as the suggestions that employers ensure there is a source of running water near the breastfeeding area so women can wash their hands and pumping equipment. The website also suggests that breastfeeding spaces be within a five-minute walk of the employee's workspace and that employees be provided with a place to store pumped milk (Samakow, Huffington Post, 6/23).