Breast Feeding at the Work Site
Policy Number: 118
Breast feeding at work
- Date Reviewed:
- September 2014
- Responsible Office:
- UT Counseling, WorkLife & Wellness Services
- Responsible Executive:
- Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
I. POLICY AND GENERAL STATEMENT
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university") recognizes the benefits of breast feeding and has implemented and supports strategies and facilities in support of work site breast feeding in accordance with federal and state law. This support includes providing the work place flexibility required to schedule time to express milk; facilities (including a space other than a bathroom/restroom) that allow privacy for expressing milk; access to a clean, safe water source for washing hands and breast pumping equipment; and access to a hygienic storage alternative for the breast milk.
Supervisors are required to provide a reasonable amount of break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express milk. Supervisors may agree to continue to allow a nursing mother a reasonable amount of break time to express breast milk past the first birthday of the child as long as the business needs of the department are met.
Working mothers and supervisors should work together to plan break times when the employee can express milk during the work day. This may include shortening the lunch period or extending the work day to allow the time necessary for expressing milk. Guidance regarding how to account for the break time used by employees who express breast milk can be found on the UTH Employee Assistance Programs website. The university also has several rooms (other than bathrooms/restrooms) throughout the campus where nursing mothers can express milk in privacy and have access to a clean, safe water source and sink for washing hands. The locations of these rooms and contacts for use of these rooms are listed on the UTH Employee Assistance Programs website. Employees should contact their supervisors or UTH Employee Assistance Programs at 713-500-3394 if the listed locations do not meet their needs.
- UTH Office of Employee Assistance Programs