ELITE Lactation Professionals, LLC specializes in Custom Worksite Lactation Programs contact us to set up an initial consultation. Worksite Lactation Programs are good for everyone – children, parents, employers, and society. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity, as well as infections and illnesses in infants, and lowers the risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis for mothers. Providing a breastfeeding-friendly worksite doesn’t only make sense for babies and moms, it also makes business sense. Businesses with lactation policies enjoy lower turnover rates, lower healthcare costs, less absenteeism and higher employee productivity and morale. Additionally, treating diseases and conditions preventable by breastfeeding costs insurers at least $3.6 billion each year. The health benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers are significant, as are the cost savings to businesses, families, public health agencies and health insurers due to lower rate of illness. And now, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires employers to provide nonexempt nursing mothers with reasonable time and space to pump milk to enable them to continue to breastfeed after returning to work.
Healthy Families Are
Good for Your Business
Programs and practices to support nursing mothers in the workplace are an effective way to help your employees give their babies—and your business—the many health benefits of breastfeeding.
Mothers with infants are one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S. workforce—particularly in retail, service and other lower-wage industries.
*56 percent of mothers with infants under one year of age work. One-third return to work within three months of giving birth, two-thirds within six months.
*75 percent of mothers in the United States begin breastfeeding their babies at birth. Less than 14 percent are still exclusively breastfeeding six months later.
*77 percent of mothers in retail or lower-wage jobs give up breastfeeding after returning to work.
*One of the most common reasons mothers cite for not breastfeeding is that they must return to work.
*Support for nursing mothers at work increases their ability to continue breastfeeding.
1. US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment characteristics of families in 2009. Available at http://www.bls.gov/news. release/famee.nr0.htm.
2. US Census Bureau Maternity leave and employment patterns of first-time mothers 1961-2003. Available at www.census.gov/ prod/2008pubs/p70-113.pdf
3. CDC National Immunization Survey, Provisional Data, 2007 births. Available at www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/NIS_data/index.htm4. National Women’s Health Resource Center: Breastfeeding at work toughest for younger moms and retail workers. Available at www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/breastfeeding-at-work-toughest-for-younger-moms-and-retail-workers-57838827.html