Lactation Policy

In addition to federal and state laws, Johns Hopkins also has a policy that governs break time for those needing to express milk.

JH Policy

All employees who choose to express milk will be provided reasonable break times to do so throughout the day, each time they need to express milk, for as long as the employee has a need to express milk. The University will also provide a private lactation location, other than a bathroom, for this purpose.

Birth Recovery & Parental Leave is available. The programs offer fully paid time off for full- or part-time faculty, staff, and bargaining unit employees who’ve been employed at JHU for at least a year. Combined, they offer up to 10 weeks of paid leave.

Maryland Law

A mother may breastfeed her child in any public or private location in which the mother and child are authorized to be. A person may not restrict or limit the right of a mother to breastfeed her child. If you experience a situation in which your right to breastfeed is challenged, you can report noncompliance with the Maryland law to the Maryland Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

Maryland was the first state to provide an exemption from sales tax for breastfeeding accessories that may be used by breastfeeding mothers. Exempt items include: breast pumps, breast pump hook-up kits (accessory kits), breast shells, nursing shields, Supplemental Nursing System (SNS), feeding tubes, breast milk storage bags, finger feeders, and purified lanolin.

Federal Laws

Made significant progress to support breastfeeding by including new guidelines that require insurance companies to cover certain women’s preventive services such as breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.

Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to expand access to breastfeeding accommodations in the workplace, and for other purposes.

The ACA amended this act 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.

Requires airports to provide lactation rooms that are accessible to the public.

Requires that certain public buildings that are open to the public and contain a public restroom provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom.