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Establish workplace programs that promote breastfeeding

Why:

  • 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.

How: 

  • 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.

Resources:

  • 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