Breastfeeding in the Workplace
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has produced a large array of resources to help employers providing worksite accommodations to nursing women at work. Basic accommodations of private space and time to express milk at work are not only required by law in the Fair Labor Standards Act, they have also been found to result in bottom-line benefits to the company through lower health care costs, lower absenteeism rates, and higher retention after employees leave to have their babies. The following free resources provide a multitude of solutions for every type of work setting.
Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions
This robust online searchable resource allows businesses to search by industry sector or solution type to find solutions relevant to their situation. It includes solutions from over 200 businesses in all 22 major industry sectors, downloadable resources, 28 short videos featuring best practices of businesses in all major industries, and information about legal requirements and links for further resources.
Health Resource Service Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Business Case for Breastfeeding
The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau also has downloadable resources for employers, including information for business managers, employees, and human resource staff involved in implementing lactation support accommodations.
United States Breastfeeding Committee
This downloadable resource complements the Office of Women's Health searchable resource. It includes hundreds of slides, best practices of over 100 businesses in every work setting, and videos which can be used for staff training. The resources are housed on a single presentation platform.