Family Services

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

The University of Iowa follows and supports the guidelines established under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Protections for Employees to Pump Breast Milk at Work

Highlights include:

small baby bottle with breast pump blurred in background

Break Time

  • Most employees have the right to take reasonable break time to express breast milk for their nursing child for one year after the child’s birth and each time such employee has need to express the milk.
  • Employees who telework are eligible to take pump breaks under the FLSA on the same basis as other employees.

Private Space

  • Employees must be provided with a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and public, which may be used be an employee to express milk.

Ideas for Possible Spaces

  • Designated lactation room
  • Employee's office or co-worker's office
  • Unoccupied office or vacant office
  • Conference room
  • Lounge adjacent to women's restroom

Compensation for Break Time to Pump Breast Milk

When an employee is using break time at work to express breast milk they either:

  • Must be completed relieved from duty; or
  • Must be paid for the break time

In addition, the employee, must be compensated in the same way that other employees are compensated for break time.

For further clarification, please review the Break Time for Nursing Mothers FAQs or contact Family Services at 319-335-3558.