Breastfeeding Legislation

2010 – New Law Passed Regarding Breastfeeding! 
The workplace breastfeeding support provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act states that employers shall provide reasonable, unpaid break time and a private, non-bathroom place for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth. Employers with less than 50 employees are not subject to the requirement if it would cause “undue hardship”. Click here to read more.

Click here for current PA breastfeeding legislation

Click here for a link to the PA Department of Health, there are posters you can print out about breastfeeding legislation. – a useful resource for Pennsylvania residents

If anyone tries to stop you from breastfeeding outside your home, contact:

  • In Philadelphia call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4692.
  • Outside of Philadelphia contact Jake Marcus at Birth Without Boundaries at

Need to convince your employer to create a “pumping room“?  Why not start with a letter?  Below is a letter written by one of our volunteers that she sent to her employer regarding this issue. Feel free to adapt it and use it. Good luck!

pumping room sample letter