Establish workplace programs that promote breastfeeding
- Reduces turnover; mothers are more likely to return to work after having a baby.
- Reduces sick time; breastfed babies are less likely to be ill.
- Improves productivity, loyalty, employee satisfaction, and moral.
- Creates a reputation of a company concerned for the health and wellness of its employees and their families.
- Offers a recruitment incentive for women.
- Can lower health care costs by an average savings of $400 per baby over the first year.
- Can decrease the cost of health insurance.
- Develop a support system by creating a breastfeeding task force.
- Provide a clean, private comfortable space to pump or breastfeed (not a bathroom); with a sink nearby for hand washing and washing of pump parts.
- Communicate breastfeeding support policies to all employees.
- Consider flexible scheduling options, part-time work, or job-sharing for breastfeeding women.
- Allow sufficient break time for mothers to breastfeed or express milk.
- Be aware of and support breastfeeding promotion policies in legislation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthier Worksite Initiative Lactation Support Program Toolkit: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/hwi/toolkits/lactation/index.htm
Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition: http://www.pabreastfeeding.org/
LaLeche League International: www.lalecheleague.org
International Lactation Consultant Association: www.ilca.org
National Women’s Health Information Center: www.4woman.gov/Breastfeeding
United States Breastfeeding Committee: www.usbreastfeeding.org
Washington Business Group on Health: www.wbgh.org
Other resources for nursing mothers:
• Maternal and Family Health Services Inc. Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) 800-367-6347 or www.mfhs.org
• Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Healthy Baby Line 800-986-BABY