One of the top reasons that mothers discontinue breastfeeding is their need to return to work or school. Often mothers don’t see breastfeeding as a reality with an early return to work, so it is important to develop a support plan to assist them with reaching their infant feeding goal. Where they work can be a barrier as well (e.g. waitress, teacher, construction work, etc.) so having a plan is essential.
For more information on state and federal laws that protect public breastfeeding, workplace support for breastmilk expression and other community-related breastfeeding laws, see the Provider and Patient Resources.
- Texas WIC Online Lesson: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work (English)
- Texas WIC Online Lesson: Breastfeeding and Returning to Work (Spanish)
- Texas WIC Video: Preparing to Go Back to Work (English)
- Texas WIC Video: Preparing to go back to Work (Spanish)
- Working Moms, BreastmilkCounts.com
- License to Breastfeed (PDF)
- Break Time for Nursing Mothers Employee Rights Card (PDF)
- Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk, CDC