Supporting breastfeeding employees: What supervisors can do
- A breastfeeding program is most successful when managers are supportive, flexible and understand the importance of mothers providing their milk to their babies
- It is essential to have a written policy that supports and encourages employed mothers to provide mother's milk for their babies.
- Sufficient maternity leave is important for new mothers to establish breastfeeding. Leaves and flexible schedules also allow fathers to participate in the birth and lactation process.
- When possible, allow nursing mothers to return to work gradually or on a flexible schedule. The gradual return to work can be less disruptive to the breastfeeding process.
- Allow break time during the workday for pumping. Consider the option of special work situations such as job sharing, part-time work; work at home, flexible hours.
- Be proactive in educating other employees about special arrangements for breastfeeding co-workers, to avoid possible misunderstandings.
Working and/or Attending Classes and Breastfeeding
It s Worth It!
- Combining employment and/or attending classes and breastfeeding requires some preparation
and commitment, but mothers say it s worth it. Breastfeeding is simpler than formula-feeding.
Babies are sick less often. For many mothers, breastfeeding ties the two halves of
their life together.
- Orientation Packet for Breastfeeding Staff and Students
- Lactation Room Registration Form