“Working Mothers Works”
“Merging Motherhood and Work”
“Making it Work for Working Women”
“Creating a Mother-Friendly Worksite”
“The Business Case for Breastfeeding”
“Supporting Breastfeeding Employees”
“Retaining Valued Employees After Childbirth”
It doesn’t really matter what you name it, places of work that are supportive of breastfeeding employees create a positive environment that women need to be successful in combining motherhood and employment.
Women with infants and children represent the fastest-growing segment of United States labor workforce. While the return to work has little effect on breastfeeding initiation, it has a significant impact on duration. Breastfeeding support in the workplace is an essential component of the goal of increasing breastfeeding duration rates in Pennsylvania.
Breastfeeding has both immediate and long-term health benefits for mother and child. Though most women initiate breastfeeding, many do not continue to breastfeed upon returning to work.
There are numerous mother, child and family benefits in continuing to provide mother’s milk after returning to work. Women who go back to work after the birth of their baby and want to continue to provide their child with their own milk face challenges such as a place to pump and store milk, privacy and lack of support.
The workplace environment should enable mothers to continue breastfeeding as long as the mother and baby desires. Breastfeeding-friendly workplace programs are relatively easy and inexpensive to implement and provide cost savings due to a reduction in health care claims and employee absenteeism.
Women can successfully combine breastfeeding and working.
Select from the links below for workplace support information.
The Business Case for Breastfeeding Materials
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Healthier Worksite Initiative – Lactation Support Program Materials
Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Worksite Initiative
Washington Business Group on Health
National Business Group on Health
Women, Work and Breastfeeding Brochure
Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles, California Project
Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA
The "Making It Work" Toolkit is an online resource for breastfeeding mothers returning to work or school. The toolkit is designed to provide assistance to breastfeeding mothers as well as tools and information for businesses and families. This online toolkit can be printed, viewed on the website, shared with others, and downloaded onto your mobile device for easy access.