Maine Printable Free Miscellaneous Law Posters Maine Workplaces Support Nursing Moms Poster

The Maine Workplaces Support Nursing Moms is a Maine miscellaneous law poster provided for businesses by the Maine Department Of Labor. This is an optional notification, so while it is recommended that businesses hang this poster if relevant to their employees, it is not required by the Department Of Labor.

This poster contains information for mother employees. It includes their rights as nursing mothers such as unpaid break, breastfeeding times, and a safe work environment. Employers are also given tips for creating a supportive workplace for mothers.

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For more information or if you believe that  your rights have been violated, contact:	
Maine Department of LaborBureau of Labor Standards  45 State House Station 
Augusta, Maine 04333-0045
207-623-7900 or 207-623-7930 
Maine Human Rights Commission or 207-624-6290  TTY users call Maine Relay 711	
rev. 03/20	
Maine Workplaces Support Nursing Moms	
Employers of nursing mothers, for three years after the 
birth of a child, must:
  • provide adequate unpaid break time, or    
  permit an employee to use paid break      
  or meal time each day to express breast    
  milk for her nursing child.
•  make reasonable efforts to provide a clean room  
  or other location, other than a bathroom,   
  where an employee may express breast    
  milk in privacy.
An employer shall not retaliate or discriminate      
against an employee who exercises the right      
provided under this section. 
How can employers support nursing mothers?  
• Develop a workplace policy, including  
  identifying who oversees implementation, and   
  inform employees of new policy. 
•  Identify a clean, private place with access    
  to electric outlets and a chair. 
•  Offer flexible breaks.
What can employees do to make nursing in the 
workplace easier?
• Understand Maine’s Nursing Mothers in the    
  Workplace Law. 
•  Create a “back to work” plan before your baby    
  is born.  
•  Determine scheduling and support needs    
  and talk to your employer as soon as possible. 
•  Do a workplace walk-through and suggest ideas. Why do Maine workplaces support nursing moms? 
• Average annual savings equals $400 per    
  breastfed baby (lower medical costs with    
  fewer health insurance claims).
•  Reduces employee turnover.
•  Lowers employee absenteeism.
•  Improves employee productivity.
•  Raises employee morale and company   loyalty. 
Additional breastfeeding protection in Maine:
The Nursing in Public Law (5MRSA §4634)  
provides protection for women who nurse in public.  
A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or 
private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.
For more information on working and pumping visit: WIC Nutrition Program:  or 1-800-437-9300	
An employer who is found to 
have violated this law through a 
hearing process must pay a civil 
penalty of $100– $500 for every   
This document is a collaborative effort of the Maine WIC  
Nutrition Program and the Maine Department of Labor. 
This poster is available online at no charge and may be copied:	      	
The Maine Department of Labor provides equal opportunity in employment and programs. 
Auxiliary aids and services are available to people with disabilities upon request.

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