Virginia Law - Workplace Breastfeeding Rights

Va. Code § 2.2-3903 - Employers with more than five but fewer than fifteen employees may not terminate a female employee on the basis of lactation.


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 Know Your Rights At Work, Virginia's ACLU


State Level Workplace Breastfeeding Rights – US Department of Labor

Hampton Roads Breastfeeding Education and Advocacy Team, HR-BEAT. If you are in the Hampton Roads area, you may use this form to report any incidences regarding women's breastfeeding rights.


Virginia Department of Health. Report your breastfeeding incident on their contact page.





National Workplace Breastfeeding Resources


A Better Balance. A Better Balance runs a free legal hotline to support pregnant and parenting workers. If you have questions about your breastfeeding rights at work, simply call their free, confidential hotline at 833-NEED-ABB (833-633-3222).


Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law. See the Center for Worklife Law's extensive study into the limited provisions of this law.


EXPLOSED: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers. This first comprehensive report on breastfeeding discrimination reveals widespread and devastating consequences for breastfeeding workers.


United States Breastfeeding Committee -See a full list of the federal law, provisions and FAQs here.


The Business Case for Breastfeeding. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA).  Worksite lactation support information and toolkit for employers and employees.

 What Employers Need to Know – US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health 

State Level Workplace Breastfeeding Rights – US Department of Labor

Investing In Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies, from the National Business Group on Health

Creating a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Strategy, A Toolkit for Employers

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The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Implementing a Lactation Support Program for any Workplace. An excellent and helpful presentation on Breastfeeding in the Workplace Initiative by the New Mexico Department of Health.

Employer Perspective on Accommodating Breastfeeding Employees, by the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition. An employer and a breastfeeding employee share their story about how and why they made their workplace mother-friendly

In 2010, Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was amended to require employers to provide basic accommodations, such as time and space, for breastfeeding mothers at work. The resource above guides employers to create lactation-friendly workplaces and therefore, compliance with the law.

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National and State Resources for Workplace Breastfeeding

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Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition

Watch this short video to see how beneficial and simple it can be to create a breastfeeding-friendly space in your worksite.

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Virginia is proud to host over 169,000 employers in our commonwealth and the Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition, as an educational nonprofit supporting lifelong wellness through breastfeeding, is dedicated to supporting breastfeeding in Virginia. The 2019 legislative session, HB1916 was passed, promoting Virginia state agencies into leadership positions on providing breastfeeding-friendly workplaces. A federal law is being considered now for federal buildings, and a national movement, with new studies and insights, push the nation towards helping all employers accommodate nursing mothers. 


The Business Case for Breastfeeding graphic above will lead employers to a complete guide on implementing a lactation-friendly workplace, while the links below provide more insight into laws, toolkits, resources and support for professionals, educators, mothers and human resources departments.


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Advancing Support For Women To Combine Their Productive And Reproductive Roles Including Breastfeeding In The Informal Economy. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, in partnership with the People's Health Movement, has published a joint statement in honor of World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Titled "Advancing Support For Women To Combine Their Productive And Reproductive Roles Including Breastfeeding In The Informal Economy," the publication calls for the safety and health of women in the informal economy. The statement includes information about the need for workplace maternity support in all workplaces, including informal ones. It also highlights two global examples of lactation support women can receive in their workplaces.


How Can We Reduce Workplace Bias Against Caregivers? University of California, Center for Worklife Law


Breastfeeding Moms Facing Illegal Discrimination at Work


EXPLOSED: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers. This first comprehensive report on breastfeeding discrimination reveals widespread and devastating consequences for breastfeeding workers. 


Promoting Worker Well-Being through Maternal and Child Health: Breastfeeding Accommodations in the Workplace. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blog on February 11, 2019.