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Handbook of Operating Procedures

Breast Feeding at the Work Site

Policy Number: 118

Subject:

Breast feeding at work

Scope:

Employees

Date Reviewed:
August 2021
Responsible Office:
Employee Assistance and Well-being Programs
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.

II. PROCEDURE

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.  

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 recognizes that restrooms are not the appropriate place for nursing mothers to express milk. Therefore, the university has several dedicated rooms 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.

III. CONTACTS

    • UTH Office of Employee Assistance Programs
    • 713-500-3394
    • https://inside.uth.edu/eap/employee-assistance/maps/nursing
    • UTH Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity
    • 713-500-3130