If your employer doesn’t have a publicly announced lactation policy, or if you have problems with or questions about the announced policy, you should raise the issue early in your pregnancy. You don’t even have to wait until you are pregnant.
Providing support for mothers who decide to breastfeed has business advantages your employer may or may not be aware of. The issue doesn’t have to be a hassle, and it is no one’s interest to make it one, so approach it with respect and an understanding of the employer’s point of view. Don’t be annoyed or discouraged if your employer doesn’t yet have a well-established lactation policy. This subject is still new to many businesses, especially smaller ones. If your employer has questions, suggest they visit this website.
Usually the best way to start is a discussion with your supervisor. Explain your intention to breastfeed your baby and your plan to return to work.
If you wish, you can raise the subject in a letter or memo.
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