Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Thank you for your interest in supporting breastfeeding at your workplace. The benefits of breastfeeding for both baby and mom are well known. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 80% of moms start breastfeeding but this rate decreases significantly by three months, which is a common time for moms to return to work.
Businesses have a unique opportunity to support their employees and experience benefits that having a lactation program brings.
Benefits of Supporting Breastfeeding Employees
- Lower healthcare costs
- Decreased absenteeism
- Increased employee retention and recruitment
- Increased employee job satisfaction and morale
How Your Business Can Support Breastfeeding Employees
Implement a Worksite Breastfeeding Policy
- Implementing a worksite breastfeeding policy is best practice in supporting breastfeeding employees, is an effective way to implement change, and assures all employees receive breastfeeding support regardless of leadership.
View a sample worksite breastfeeding policy.
Grand Forks Public Health Department can assist your business in creating a policy and educating your employees. Contact Mandy (701) 787-8128 for more information.
In 2009, North Dakota legislation established an “Infant-Friendly” designation for workplaces that adopt breastfeeding support policies that include:
- Flexible break times for milk expression
- Providing a clean, private space (not a bathroom) for pumping
- Access to a clean water source for washing hands and cleaning breast pump equipment
- Providing a place for storing breast milk
The “Infant-Friendly” designation is free and an excellent way for your business to be recognized for its support of breastfeeding employees.
Visit North Dakota Breastfeeding to apply today!