A new Air Force policy released recently requires all units to provide nursing mothers access to a lactation room. Announced Aug. 15, the policy mandates that mothers have access to a private, secure and sanitary location for breastfeeding or pumping, according to a service news release. Rooms must be located in the immediate vicinity of the workplace and include a table, place to sit, electrical outlets, adequate lighting and comfortable temperatures. They must also be near a source of hot and cold water. The new guidance also requires that nursing mothers have adequate time for lactation breaks: 15-30 minutes every 3-4 hours to pump for at least one year postpartum. Read more at AF.mil.
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