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Malmstrom Airforce Supports Breastfeeding Moms With Opening Many Nursing Rooms

by on in #thePINKLife

(Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam/Air Force)

The military has come a long way. Transforming from a male dominated field to an inclusive one. Years ago it would have been unheard of to have nursing rooms available to women on bases but now more and more are popping up. Leadership in many military locations are improving the way of life for families and female soldiers by creating nursing rooms to breastfeed and breast pump.

The most recent location, Malmstrom Airforce Base, in Great Falls, Montana, has opened 5 nursing room locations to accomodate families. First Lieutenants, Annabel Monroe and Sheila Koebel, realized women were using empty offices and storage to nurse or pump and decided to approach leadership with their concerns.

Apparently the 341st Medical Group on base had 2 areas designated but they were hard to find, not many people knew about them and they were poorly lit. But after hearing the concerns of Annabel and Sheila, leadership fell in love with the idea of providing more space. By doing so they hoped it would make everyone happier and improve the quality of life on the base.

The 5 rooms took some revamping  but now include couches, great lighting, privacy, an outlet, rocking chairs and changing areas.

(Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Delia Marchick/Air Force)

“We want women to feel supported and hope the attention this is getting will help other moms to reach out and feel like they can have support and know part of the process and do this at their own base,” Koebel said. 

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DEFINITION OF NURSING ROOM - (Lactation Room & Breastfeeding Room)

A Nursing Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF A NURSING ROOM

  • Comfortable seating
  • Table
  • Outlet to connect electric breastpump
  • Sink for cleaning nursing equipment
  • Lockable door
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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (OBAMACARE):
Workplace Lactation Accommodation Laws

SEC. 4207. REASONABLE BREAK TIME FOR NURSING MOTHERS.
Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    1. (r)An employer shall provide—

      (A) a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and

      (B) 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.
    1. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.

  1. An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.
  2. DEFINITION OF LACTATION ROOM - (Nursing Room & Breastfeeding Room)

    A Lactation Room is a dedicated private room other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and interruption from the public, which is used by nursing mothers to express breast milk by breastfeeding or breastpumping.

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