Breastfeeding/Lactating Parents Returning to Work

Current United States Laws

North Carolina Law

Executive Order No. 82: Accommodations for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding

Consistent with Governor Cooper’s issuance of Executive Order No. 82, the Stateof North Carolina will provide workplace adjustments to enable employees to continue to provide workplace adjustments to enable employees to continue to perform job duties while they are pregnant, breastfeeding or affected by other related medical conditions. Employees and managers shall engage in good faith and in a timely and interactive process to determine the workplace adjustment.

The Making It Work Tool Kit is a resource to help breastfeeding mothers return to work. It is designed to provide assistance to breastfeeding mothers, their employers and their families.

Daycare regulations for breastfeeding families

The NC Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation (NC BFCCD) is administered at the NC Division of Public Health (DPH). The NC BFCCD recognizes licensed child care facilities statewide that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding.  A rating system has been developed in which one gold-starred building block is awarded for achieving each of the five standards for breastfeeding-friendly child care.

The five standards of the NC BFCCD include:

  1. written policy
  2. community connections
  3. professional development
  4. environment
  5. curriculum

The NC BFCCD integrates the Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care from the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) at UNC-Chapel Hill into the five standards. 

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead for your return to work can help ease the transition. Learn as much as you can before the baby’s birth, and talk with your employer about your options. Planning ahead can help you continue to enjoy breastfeeding your baby long after your maternity leave is over. Read more.

Tips for Challenging Environments

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