Oregon Law now supports breastfeeding in the workplace, and employers are required to take certain actions:
- Employers with 25 or more employees must make reasonable efforts to provide private space and time for nursing mothers who request a place to express milk for their newborns 18 months of age and younger.
- Employers shall provide at least 30 minutes of unpaid rest periods for milk expression per four hours work.
- The location must be in close proximity to the employee’s work area, and cannot be a toilet stall or restroom.
- Businesses must comply with the intent of the law by providing a private room with an electrical outlet and access to a sink.
- An employee must provide reasonable written or verbal notice to her employer that she intends to return to work and express breast milk at work.
- All employers must comply unless they can prove it would cause undue hardship.
- There is a $1,000 fine per incident for non-compliance.
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Breastfeeding is Good for Business:
- Reduces staff turnover and loss of skilled workers after the birth of a child.
- Reduces absences for working breastfeeding mothers because their babies get sick less often.
- Lowers overall health care costs.
- Increases employee satisfaction, morale and productivity.
- Provides major recruitment incentive for new employees.
- Provides a reputation as a company concerned for the welfare of working mothers and children.
Companies that have adopted breastfeeding support programs have noted cost savings of $3 per $1 invested in breastfeeding support!
Breastfeeding is Good for Babies, Mothers & Our Country:
- Strengthens both Baby’s and Mother’s immune system.
- Prevents health problems in children and adults.
- Lowers overall health care costs and save billions of dollars annually.