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Action 14. Ensure that employers establish and maintain comprehensive, high-quality lactation support programs for their employees

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Implementation Strategies

  • Develop resources to help employers comply with federal law that requires employers to provide the time and a place for nursing mothers to express breast milk
  • Design and disseminate materials to educate employers about the benefits of providing more comprehensive, high-quality support for breastfeeding employees
  • Develop and share innovative solutions to the obstacles to breastfeeding that women face when returning to work in non-office settings
  • Promote comprehensive, high-quality lactation support programs as part of a basic employee benefits package

 

USBC Resources

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National Activities

  Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Phone: 914-740-2115

Email: abm@bfmed.org

Website: http://www.bfmed.org

Action Activities: The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine's journal Breastfeeding Medicine includes articles on state-level breastfeeding support in the workplace and the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law.


Supporting Link: http://www.liebertpub.com/bfm


  DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Phone: 888-275-4772

Email:

Website: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/

Action Activities: The Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau has published the resource kit Business Case for Breastfeeding: Steps to a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite.


Supporting Link: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/pregnancyandbeyond/breastfeeding/


  Every Mother, Inc.

Every Mother, Inc.

Phone: 877-666-7226

Email: info@everymother.org

Website: http://www.everymother.org

Action Activities: Every Mother, Inc. worked on a national project with the DHHS Office on Women's Health, Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions, to disseminate information about the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law to business organizations across the country. Every Mother also continues to provide technical assistance and training in employment issues related to breastfeeding.


Supporting Link: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/employer-solutions/index.html


  International Childbirth Education Association

International Childbirth Education Association

Phone: 919-863-9487

Email: info@icea.org

Website: http://www.icea.org

Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information


Supporting Link: http://icea.org


  Mom2Mom Global

Mom2Mom Global

Phone: 910-401-3566

Email: info@mom2momglobal.org

Website: http://www.mom2momglobal.org

Action Activities: Mom2Mom Global provides accurate, up-to-date information about Department of Defense regulations, policies, and applicable federal laws regarding breastfeeding in the workplace for Active Duty, civilian, and contracted employees.


Supporting Link:


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State/Community Activities

Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: Helping moms meet their goals for breastfeeding is no small accomplishment. Worksites that assist employed mothers in breastfeeding successfully deserve to be recognized. If your worksite provides basic lactation support or goes above and beyond to make breastfeeding work for your employees, thank you! The Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) wants to publicly recognize your efforts and let people know your worksite is Breastfeeding Friendly.

Employment is now the norm for U.S. women of childbearing age (20–44 years). In 2009, half of all mothers with children younger than 12 months were employed, and more than two-thirds of those employed worked full-time (35 or more hours per week). Employed women have been less likely to initiate breastfeeding, and they tend to breastfeed for a shorter length of time than women who are not employed. Most employed mothers who are lactating have to pump milk at work for their children and need to be provided with accommodations to do so.


Supporting Link: http://www.breastfeedingct.org/index.php/2013-03-08-15-28-04/why-become-a-breastfeeding-friendly-wor


Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: Education and encourage employers to have a breastfeeding friendly worksite and provide an award to those that put into place levels of criteria.


Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/employerprogram.htm


Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.

Phone: 7855393993

Email: bandy@kansas.net

Website: http://ksbreastfeeding.org

Action Activities: Kansas "Business Case for Breastfeeding" program assists employers to develop or enhance workplace lactation support services in compliance with the federal "Break Time for Nursing Mother" law. Breastfeeding mothers are supported as well through resources on the KS BCFB website and a "Returning to Work" class curriculum.


Supporting Link: http://kansasbusinesscase.com/


Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition supports employers’ lactation support programs by providing technical assistance using Business Case for Breastfeeding resources.


Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/workplace/


Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: Our Employer Support and Education work group, part of the Goal Three Task Force, hopes to:
•Create an advisory group of employers and work with them on needs/barriers/and education (Ad hoc, as needed, not necessarily ongoing)
•Bring employers to the table so we understand their perspective, e.g. what stops them from supporting breastfeeding moms in their workplace? (If we know this we can then target our communication efforts to address those reasons.)
•Identify stakeholders that need to be at the table (Engage the wellness councils in the discussion)
•Define what Workplace support looks like or should look like
•Education for employers with marketing. Form relationships with employers and use as resources for other employers (champions).
•Provide businesses with breastfeeding resources so they have access to help answer questions they may have.
•Rework, revamp, and revitalize the BFF Award
•Survey employers on their pra


Supporting Link: http://nebreastfeeding.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Two-Year-Goals.pdf


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