So on Thursday night, one of my worst fears as a breastfeeding mom happened. I forgot my pump at work, and I needed to be somewhere else the next day (and was going to be away from the baby the whole entire day). I began panicking and trying to figure out how to get the pump – would I go back at 5 am to get the pump before getting ready for my day? All of a sudden a wonderful thought popped into my head – Target, Walmart, they are open late aren’t they? They are going to have what I need!
It was already 9:50, and we have a Target pretty close to where I live. I hopped in the car, and less than ten minutes later I was at Target. I go to the baby aisle, and there I see a manual pump. Hallelujah. I restrain myself from shopping any more (confession, I absolutely love target and will spend hours there if let to my own devices) and go to the checkout area to buy the pump. I feel so, so relieved.
The manual pump did not work as well as the electric pump does, but it definitely saved the day.
Has this happened to anyone else?
In performing research for this blog, I came across this state by state map that perfectly puts together all of the pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination and leave right laws throughout the United States. Here it is, created by Legal Momentum.
I think that they did an incredible job, and it would have taken me an enormous amount of time to collect the laws and put together such a wonderful product.
Legal Momentum, headed in New York, has positioned itself as “the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund,” and I think what they do is awesome. Head over to their website to learn more about them, as I have recently been doing. Here is the link to Legal Momentum.
Otherwise, life is good. My baby is six months old. She is crawling, standing up in her crib, and beginning to cruise. Her first tooth is just about coming up, and she started cutting her second one this evening. As we speak she is sleeping peacefully, though we know that could end at anytime. Baby girl is not the best sleeper. I love her so very much.
Some fast facts gleaned from the guidelines posted by the New York State Department of Labor about NYS Labor Law 206-c.
- A nursing mother’s right to express milk is protected for three years after the birth of her child.
- The law applies to both public and private employers in NY state.
- The size of the company does not matter. No matter how small or large the company you work for is, you will be protected by this law.
- Nursing mothers should be given a break time (unpaid) that is AT LEAST twenty minutes. This means that the break time could be longer, depending on the individual mother. An employee can also take a shorter break time if they choose to.
- The designated room or space for expressing milk CANNOT be a bathroom or a restroom stall.
- The designated room or space must be close to the employee’s work space (walkable) and getting to the room should minimally increase the break time allotted.
- To insure PRIVACY, the room should have a lock on it. If that is not possible the employer should put a sign up alerting others that the room will not be accessible to customers and other employees.
More information can be found in the guidelines that I put a link to above.
Please comment about any experiences you have had with this law. Has it helped you?