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Breastfeeding & (Potential) New Job

When we moved down here, I took the only job that would consider an 8-month pregnant woman. It is just part-time so while I've been on maternity leave, I've been seeking out a full-time position. I have an interview tomorrow morning!

I want to be able to pump at work. Would you mention that during the interview or once the offer has been given? I'm assuming that I should wait until the offer has been given, yes?

What does the law provide for moms who breastfeed? I had it bookmarked, but can't seem to find it now. If I don't get this job, I'll still need to know for the part-time job I currently have.

If I have to, I won't pump at work, but I'd rather not have to chose that option.

Re: Breastfeeding & (Potential) New Job

  • Here ya go, www.humanrights.iowa.gov/sw/policy/breastfeeding.pdf :-)

    There is no reason for you to mention that at your interview. According to the law (see above) they must give you a reasonable accomodation to pump.

    Good luck with the interview!

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    Neena Mae. 1/7/10
    "A baby nursing at a mother's breast is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature." - David Suzuki
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  • It seemed from Jennrs post that the Iowa Department of Human Rights was supporting the adoption of a propsed Act in that link.  With language like "is advocating for" and "a law is necessary" it sounded like the Act had not yet been made a formal law. 

    Here are the two laws I could find in the Iowa code that relate to breastfeeding, I don't believe there is currently a formal Iowa or federal law on the books that specifically protects a woman's right to pump at work.

    Iowa Code ? 135.30A (2002) provides that a woman may breastfeed the woman's own child in any public or private location where the mother and the child otherwise are authorized to be present, except the private home or residence of another if the mother's breastfeeding is likely to be viewed by and affront the owner or any occupant of the private home or residence.  A mother may breastfeed her child under this section irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.

    Iowa Code ? 607A.5 (1994) permits a mother who is breastfeeding and who is responsible for the daily care of the child and is not regularly employed to be excused from serving on a jury.

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  • sydlc - That's how I was reading jennrs' post also. I really thought there was some sort of protection though. Darn. I hope I don't have to give up breastfeeding.
  • You shouldn't have to give it up.  They should have to give you a lunch or unpaid break periods.  They can't prevent you from going to your car to pump during those times as long as you are back to start work on time.  I would definitely wait to inquire until an offer is made and then be completely honest about what you need expect.  The employer may be very understanding and want to help.  Good luck!
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  • There's a federal law.  You have to be provided a place to pump that isn't a bathroom, and is private.

    http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/

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  • image Jennrs:

    Here ya go, www.humanrights.iowa.gov/sw/policy/breastfeeding.pdf :-)

    There is no reason for you to mention that at your interview. According to the law (see above) they must give you a reasonable accomodation to pump.

    Good luck with the interview!

    Sorry about that! For some reason I thought that the legislature made that law. My bad. But, you are protected federally.

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    Neena Mae. 1/7/10
    "A baby nursing at a mother's breast is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature." - David Suzuki
    Pregnancy Ticker
  • No problem jennrs. You'd think that such a law would be easily passed!

    Erin, thanks for the link!

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