Breastfeeding Support Guide for Managers and Supervisors

Time for Expressing Milk

  • The Office of Work/Life’s Breastfeeding Support Program provides access to private lactation rooms, equipped with hospital grade breast pumps. These pumps can increase the speed and efficiency of pumping for women.
  • Employees should work together with their supervisors to make arrangements for taking time to express milk during work hours.
  • Depending on an individual’s needs, expressing milk takes about 30 minutes of time away from work, give or take some time for travelling to the lactation room. A mother will also need time to set up equipment and clean it afterwards.
  • When making arrangements with employees, it is important to be aware that no two women will necessarily require the same amount of time to pump. Additionally, the amount of time a woman needs to pump may vary depending on the time of day.