Action 14. Ensure that employers establish and maintain comprehensive, high-quality lactation support programs for their employees
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- 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
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Workplace Support Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Workplace Support
- Webpage: Existing Legislation
- Webpage: Workplace Support in Federal Law
- Publication: Workplace Accommodations to Support and Protect Breastfeeding
- Position Statement: Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace
- Hosted Partner Resource: "Supporting Nursing Moms at Work" Presentation Platform
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
Action Activities: The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists' Incorporating Nutrition in the Title V MCH Services Block Grant National Performance Measures includes the Breastfeeding priority. Workplace support is one of the evidence-based strategies, to ensure compliance with workplace accommodation law & enhance lactation support programs. Publication is a tool to provide state Title V programs guidance about incorporating nutrition-related strategies into their work.
Action Activities: CDC provides funding to state health departments, to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and to USBC for the purpose of implementing a variety of strategies related to employer support.
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/
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 with coalitions, WIC agencies, businesses, and other community groups. Every Mother also consulted on a national evaluation of the OWH resources through LTG Associates.
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
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: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: BreastfeedLA works with employers to provide lactation accommodations to their employees. We provide resources and training to employers and colleges and universities on this topic.
Supporting Link: http://breastfeedla.org/at-work/
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.
Action Activities: The annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards are for businesses committed to supporting women in the workplace.
Supporting Link: http://dcbfc.org/WorkplaceAwardPressRelease_2018.php
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
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/
Action Activities: In partnership with the DC Breastfeeding Coalition the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition awards local businesses and health care providers with its annual Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Awards and Breastfeeding Friendly Healthcare Provider Awards. Over 100 businesses have received awards since 2010.
Action Activities: Breastfeeding is universally recognized as the optimal feeding method for both women and children, but success is dependent on expansive support systems. Mothers who continue breastfeeding after returning to work need a supportive environment. Within the workforce, women are vital contributors to a company’s success, providing keen perspective and driving economic vitality. When companies support breastfeeding, businesses gain a three-to-one return on investment in addition to greater employee retention, lower absenteeism, and a more creative and productive work environment.
Supporting Link: https://www.mibreastfeeding.org/workplace/
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/
Action Activities: The coalition partners with MO DHSS in supporting the Breastfeeding Friendly Work Site program. There are 539 Breastfeeding Friendly work sites in MO. There is a total of 195,000 employees impacted. Lactation room grants of $500 will be re-instituted on limited basis with a focus on areas with big disparities or low breastfeeding rates.
Supporting Link: https://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/breastfeeding/support.php
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
Action Activities: The NH Breastfeeding Task Force has partnered with NH DHHS, Keene State College, and Healthy Monadnock 2020 to develop free online training for businesses called "Implementing a Worksite Lactation Program." It is available at nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org. There is a downloadable toolkit available on the website as well.
Supporting Link: http://www.nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org
Action Activities: The NJBC developed a New Jersey Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Recognition Program . We recognize and award employers who provide their lactating employees reasonable breaks to express milk or nurse their children. All lactating employees must have access to a private space for expressing milk or nursing. The space is not a bathroom. The space is lockable and shielded from view. The space has an electrical outlet.