Talking to Your Employer About Breastfeeding

Consider several possible ways to discuss with your employer your intention to breastfeed after returning to work. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers receive guidance on how to inform their employers about the benefits of breastfeeding and to discuss accommodations for expressing milk.

What if my employer does not support my decision?

  • Ask if your employer would be willing to let you try it for a week and then decide.
  • Look for another job or see if you can work from home.
  • Breastmilk is best, but you can combine breastfeeding with formula feeding if you need to.
  • Be proud of your efforts to continue giving your baby the best after your return to work or school. Don’t be afraid to try new ways to combine working and breastfeeding to find the right combination for you and your baby. Talking to Your Employer about Breastfeeding» [PDF, 1.41MB]

Talking to Your Employer About Breastfeeding. Texas Department of State Health Services/WIC. 2005. English. [PDF, 1.41MB].

Last Updated: November 13, 2014