Policy Summary

Provides for reasonable break times for county employees to express breast milk for up to two years after child's birth, including paid breaks if those are available for non-nursing employees; includes several other protections for nursing mothers.

Background Information

State Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Name Milwaukee County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Limited scope
Only applies to county employees
Food System Category Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Refers to women and children (§ 17.37(1)).

Health-related goal?

Support for breastfeeding supports public health goals.)

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

§ 17.02

Addresses implementation?

Sec. 17.37 specifies various duties for the supervisor/departmental administrator, including providing reasonable break times for nursing mothers, setting aside an appropriate space for milk expression, and designating when the county must allow nursing mothers to take paid breaks to express milk.

Enforcement provisions?

Section 17.37 (4) provides "[a]n employee whose right to take reasonable break time to express breast milk for her child as provided under subsection (1) is interfered with, restrained, or denied in violation of subsection (3)(a) or who is discharged or discriminated against in violation of subsection (3)(b) may file a complaint with the human resources department, and the department shall process the complaint in the same manner that employment discrimination complaints are processed." It is unclear whether penalties are associated with the employment discrimination complaint process. See also, § 17.207 (grievance procedures).

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 17 (Classification Salary Standardization Ordinance). Ordinances/history: Created - June 23, 2016, J. Proc.


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