Johns Hopkins Commitment
Johns Hopkins recognizes the positive benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your child. We are committed to providing you with the information and support you need if you choose to breastfeed after returning to work.
Having a baby is a major life transition. Continuing to breastfeed after you return to work adds a daily activity that needs to fit into your work day and environment. The Johns Hopkins Breastfeeding Support Program is here to help make the transition easier so that you can breastfeed for as long as it is the best choice for you and your baby.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of your baby's life, and continue breastfeeding with the addition of complementary foods until your baby is at least one year old.
In 2011, then-Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin of the US Department of Health and Human Services stressed the importance of everyone supporting the successful continuation of breastfeeding after you return to work.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) made significant progress to support breastfeeding by including new guidelines that require insurance companies to cover certain women's preventive services such as breast feeding support, supplies and counseling.
In addition, the ACA amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 by requiring employers to provide reasonable break time and a place, other than a restroom, that is private and clean for a mother to express milk.
Policies- federal, state, and major health organizations - support your goal of continuing to breastfeed your baby after you return to work.
Johns Hopkins Policies Regarding Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers
The Johns Hopkins Breastfeeding Support Program includes:
- Private, clean breastfeeding rooms (Mother's Rooms) throughout Johns Hopkins campuses, some equipped with hospital -grade breast pumps. (Free breast pump accessory kits are available to employees earning less than $40,000 per year.)
- Breastfeeding Support Coordinator who:
- Guides mothers on breastfeeding after returning to work
- Provides referrals, information, and resources
- Oversees program success
- Breastfeeding classes and online resources for mothers and managers
- E-list that provides information on upcoming breastfeeding classes, the addition of Mother’s Rooms, and other program changes and enhancements, and that allows members to ask questions and provide support to one another.
Please register with the Breastfeeding Support Program so that we can keep you updated on program enhancements and resources.