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Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

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Design for Moms and Babies

Effective March 23, 2010, the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to provide "a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk." (United States Department of Labor. [2010] "Break Time for Nursing Mothers")


We have partnered with a creative team of designers to review steps for establishing lactation rooms in new and existing facilities, as well as new and innovative solutions to create a clean supportive environment for users.

To learn more about design for moms and babies and to receive continuing education credit, please take our course entitled LD001 Lactation Design: Facility Solutions for Supporting Breastfeeding in the Hospital, the Community and the Workplace.

Breastfeeding Moms, their Employers and Communities

Should Know:

Breastfeeding is highly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the US Surgeon General, the CDC and the World Health Organization for the health benefits that it affords to babies and their mothers.


Employer sponsored breastfeeding support programs have shown numerous business advantages for employers.


Federal and State laws protect US mothers' right to express breast milk in the workplace.


Most state laws protect a mother's right to breastfeed in public.

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