We're very pleased that MIT was again recognized by the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition in 2010 as a "Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer" for "improving the health of the Commonwealth through excellence in supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies."
In the United States, 75 percent of mothers breastfeed their babies at birth, yet many wean their infants early due to lack of accommodation at the workplace. Recognizing the important health benefits that breastfeeding offers to both newborns and their mothers, the federal government recently passed legislation requiring that employers provide both private space and adequate break time to breastfeeding employees who choose to pump. MIT is dedicated to meeting the needs of nursing mothers.
Fortunately, it is possible to provide a highly supportive environment for nursing mothers at MIT by using existing work policies and lactation resources, as outlined in MIT's new Lactation Support Guidelines for Nursing Mothers and Their Supervisors.
In addition, the MIT Work-Life Center has designed the following webpages to help mothers and their supervisors find the best possible way to accommodate breastfeeding needs.
MIT lactation support guidelines and federal law require employers to provide "reasonable break time" and a private place (other than a bathroom) to express milk during the workday. For more information on the provisions of federal law (Section 4207 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Health Care Reform), consult Fact Sheet #73 from the US Department of Labor.