Laws and Policies Pertaining to Parenting and Lactation


Federal Law and Policy


Dear Colleague Letter on Pregnant and Parenting Students

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, issued a Dear Colleague Letter regarding pregnant and parenting parents in both secondary school and higher education.  This letter and the accompanying pamphlet titled Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students provided schools with guidance for how to best support pregnant and parenting students as required in Title IX of the Education Ammendments of 1972.  

For students, the Office for Civil Rights published a handout titled Know Your Rights.

Department of Labor

The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division released a statement that provides guidance and resources on federal laws associated with break time for nursing mothers.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

You can also find the amended section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 


Texas A&M University Policy


Texas A&M Statement on Workplace Lactation

“Texas A&M University recognizes that maintaining a balance between work and family is necessary for optimized employee work performance. The university is committed to supporting employees who choose to breastfeed. To assist employees with challenges associated with workplace milk expression, and to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the university has implemented a Workplace Lactation Program.”

Below are the University’s policies regarding lactation space provisions:  (Click on the section title above to review the complete Standard Administrative Procedure.)

 2.1 The university is committed to making available, when needed, to nursing mothers, temporary or permanent space that is shielded from view, has a door that locks, and is free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.

 2.2 The space must have a place for the nursing mother to sit and a flat surface, other than the floor. The space cannot be a bathroom.

 2.3 Preferably, the space will have an electrical outlet, sink with hot water within or nearby, refrigerator within or nearby, and space to store nursing equipment.

 2.4 If the space is not dedicated to the nursing mother’s use, it must be made available when needed.

 2.5 With supervisor approval, an employee may use her designated work space or other locations suitable for the purpose of expressing milk.


Flexible Work Schedule Procedures

"Texas A&M University supports supervisors and managers in implementing flexible work schedules when such schedules do not diminish the productivity or quality of services provided by the workforce. The following procedures are designed to assist supervisors and managers with the implementation of flexible work schedules to meet the needs of the position/organization and the employee."

Click on the section title above to review the complete Standard Administrative Procedure.