Breastfeeding provides many health benefits for both babies and mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that, for the first six months, mothers feed their babies only breast milk. After that, breastfeeding is recommended for a year or longer, while starting on other foods.
After returning to work, many breastfeeding mothers want to continue to provide breast milk to their infants. Employers are encouraged to support their employees who breastfeed by establishing a workplace lactation policy. This policy should designate a private, comfortable lactation room and provide employees with ample time to express (pump) their breast milk at work.