Under the new health care law, insurance policies are required to cover pre- and post- maternity care for mothers. This includes policies offered by small businesses and private ones as well. Also under the health care law, businesses are required to make reasonable accommodations for breastfeeding moms.
These accommodations don't have to cause a burden on the employer, but must provide moms who need to pump a private and secure place. This could be something as small as a recliner with a flat table to place the pump on, or can even include using an available office but it can't be the restroom.
We've come a long way from the times of the past, where breastfeeding in public was uncomfortable and many mothers would run to the bathroom to relieve themselves from their soreness. Not anymore. Now, even small businesses have to accommodate new moms. Whether you're running a small business or you're a new mom who has returned to work, it is important to familiarize yourself with these requirements. Visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/ to learn more.