PUMP Act is signed into law!

What is the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, and how does it differ from the 2010 Break Time for Nursing Mothers Act?

The US Congress passed the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act on December 29, 2022.

Prior to the PUMP Act, the 2010 Break Time for Nursing Mothers Act gave hourly employees the right to take lactation breaks during work. Employers were required to provide reasonable break times and private, non-bathroom spaces for lactating employees to pump. However, approximately 25% of lactating individuals were not covered by the Break Time Law, particularly salaried employees.

The PUMP Act expands the right to pump breaks in appropriate spaces for nearly all lactating workers. The PUMP Act, which goes into effect April 28th, 2023, also makes it possible for an employee to file a lawsuit against their employer when the law is violated.


Published by Margot Mann

A lactation consultant since 1986, representative to the United Nations for the International Lactation Consultant Association for 32 years, past president of the New York Lactation Consultant Association, Vice President for External Affairs for the International Lactation Consultants Association and current faculty of Pediatrics Department, Columbia University. It is a privilege to assist mothers and babies nurse so they can cuddle up and enjoy each other optimally. The extraordinary health benefits to mother, baby and health costs savings to society are nice side benefits to facilitating a most pleasurable way of feeding one's babies.

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