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I think it really depends on where you work. For example, when I was teaching I could not have taken breaks to pump or nurse. Teachers are not even eligible for overtime or coffee breaks! ... Teachers do not have that luxury. So, having a standard would have to be low to accomodate all employment situations. Might be better just to have it be voluntary.
I understand where you're coming from, but I have a have a slightly different take on the issue than you.
I think that as teaching is currently structured where you live, teachers can't take breaks to pump. But there's no reason why teaching couldn't be restructured to be a little bit more accommodating. It's not that far-fetched to imagine a school day with more breaks for teachers. If the school administrators had to do it, they would figure it out. They're just not motivated yet. [And in a more-far-fetched fantasy, I can imagine classrooms to which you could bring your infant. Or where you could pump during class.]
You'd have to have some sort of exception in the law for professions where, due to the nature of the profession it simply wouldn't be possible to pump. But IMHO it would have to be something inherent to the profession itself, not just due to non-essential choices someone has made in deciding how to structure the profession.
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