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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


  American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Family Physicians

Phone: 913-906-6000

Email: contactcenter@aafp.org

Website: http://www.aafp.org

Action Activities: Family medicine training programs should, therefore, promote and support institutional policies to provide appropriate accommodations to allow trainees to securely breastfeed and/or express breast milk as needed during designated duty hours.


Supporting Link: https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-support.html; https://www.aafp.org/about/polic


  American Public Health Association

American Public Health Association

Phone: 202-777-2742

Email: info@apha.org

Website: http://www.apha.org

Action Activities: 1. We include lactation services at our annual meeting and also have policies to support lactating employees in the organization.


Supporting Link:


  Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

Phone: 814-255-2829

Email: asphn@asphn.org

Website: http://www.asphn.org

Action Activities: ASPHN’s “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 and enhance lactation support programs. The publication is a tool to provide state Title V programs guidance about incorporating nutrition-related strategies into their work. ASPHN’s Policy Committee submits comments and signs on to letters related to employer support when relevant to breastfeeding and the ASPHN mission. ASPHN supports a Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN where participating states may choose a breastfeeding track that includes employer support.


Supporting Link: https://asphn.org/childrens-healthy-weight-coiin/; https://asphn.org/asphn-publications/


  DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Phone: 800-232-4636

Email: info@cdc.gov

Website: http://www.cdc.gov

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.


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  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: 662-931-6368

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 with coalitions, WIC agencies, businesses, and other community groups. Every Mother also consulted on a national evaluation of the OWH resources through LTG Associates.


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: http://www.mom2momglobal.org


  MomsRising

MomsRising

Phone: 415-595-8527

Email: info@momsrising.org

Website: http://www.momsrising.org

Action Activities: Employment is now the norm for women of childbearing age, yet breastfeeding mothers continue to face barriers in the workplace, putting them at particular risk for not meeting their breastfeeding goals. Together we can bring women out of bathroom stalls and into the pumping rooms they deserve


Supporting Link: https://action.momsrising.org/sign/support_all_breastfeeding_working_moms_2017/


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State/Community Activities

  BreastfeedLA

BreastfeedLA

Phone: 3232108505

Email: apalmer@breastfeedla.org

Website: http://BreastfeedLA.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/


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


  District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition

District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 202-470-2732

Email: info@dcbfc.org

Website: http://www.dcbfc.org

Action Activities: We hold an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards ceremony for businesses committed to supporting women in the workplace.

We also receive complaints from employees about employers who are not providing supportive breastfeeding environments.


Supporting Link: http://dcbfc.org/WorkplaceAwardPressRelease_2018.php


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

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

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/


  Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition

Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: none

Email: president@mdbfc.org

Website: http://www.mdbfc.org

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.


Supporting Link:


Michigan Breastfeeding Network

Michigan Breastfeeding Network

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/


  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/


Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition

Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition

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


Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: (888) 976-9319

Email: info@nebreastfeeding.org

Website: http://nebreastfeeding.org

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


  New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

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." The NH Breastfeeding Task Force has offered technical assistance and promoted the need for Workplace Breastfeeding support at Community groups, in businesses, and Human Resource events.


Supporting Link: http://nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org/employers.php


  New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition

New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition

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.


Supporting Link:


  New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition

New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 845-325-3382

Email: nysbcinc@gmail.com

Website: http://www.nysbreastfeeding.org

Action Activities: Trained over 350 NYS Health and Human Service Providers to use the Business Case for Breastfeeding Toolkit.
Resources listed on our website.


Supporting Link: https://www.nysbreastfeeding.org/workplace-support/


Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 7853050334

Email: PBPNBreastfeedingCoa@pbpnation.org

Website: http://

Action Activities: • our nation offers lacation support for our nation's employees


Supporting Link:


  Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition

Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: WBC's Worksite Committee is participating in the ASPHN Children's Healthy Weight CoIIN and is focused on improving worksite lactation support.


Supporting Link: https://www.wibreastfeeding.com/wi-initiatives/worksite/


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