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Organization: Support breastfeeding in the workplace.

Mothers are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly three-quarters of employed mothers with children younger than 3 years old work full time. What’s more, a third of these moms go back to work within 3 months after birth; two-thirds return within 6 months.

The first months of life are a crucial time for starting healthy habits. Breastfeeding provides a variety of benefits for newborns and infants, including increased protection from illness. Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop certain types of cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Incorporating breastfeeding into a work routine, however, can be difficult when it comes to finding privacy or adequate break time. But the organizations that do provide a lactation program and the employees who take part both benefit, through lower absenteeism, increased employee retention and a positive business image. There are several ways to support breastfeeding moms:

  • Provide a nursing mother’s room.
  • Offer flexibility with work schedules, breaks and/or a compressed work week.
  • Create support through education, newsletters, access to lactation specialists, and support groups.

Make your commitment to implement this policy change in your organization. Download the pledge form today!