Break Time For Nursing Mothers

Swarthmore is committed to supporting mothers with a nursing child (less than one year in age) to provide their child with all the health benefits of breastfeeding. The College will provide a private location for the purpose of expressing milk that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and others.

Employees will be permitted a reasonable work break each time it is necessary to express milk. Frequency of breaks will likely vary but it is expected that during an eight hour shift an employee may need two to three breaks. It is expected that the break times would not exceed the normal time allowed for breaks and lunch daily. For the non-exempt employee, the breaks will be unpaid unless they coincide with a regular paid break.

The College may provide a private office, conference room, or unused classroom as an appropriate space for nursing mothers. To make arrangements for reserving such a space, you should contact the Employee Relations Manager in the Human Resources Office.