At LSU, we recognize the health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby and support a mother’s decision to nurse her child. We are committed to providing mothers the accommodations and support needed if she chooses to breastfeed upon returning to work. Clean and private lactation spaces are provided around campus and breastfeeding resources can be found in the lactation spaces in addition to the below links.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breastmilk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.
Be sure to communicate with your supervisor once returning to work on your needed break times, as some departments have special scheduling needs to meet throughout the standard workday (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). View PS-79 on Flexible Work Hours and Staffing.
Under the Affordable Care Act, your health insurance must cover the cost of a breast pump. If you’ve had your current healthcare plan since before March 23, 2010 (the day the ACA was signed), your healthcare provider may not have to follow ACA requirements for a “grandfathered” plan, but otherwise, a pump should count as part of your covered healthcare.
To find out more information about breast pump options or ordering a breast pump, contact your insurance company. Benefits with LSU offer a new breastpump per each pregnancy.