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 can take about 30 minutes of time away from work, plus some time for travelling to the lactation room. Time is also needed 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.