Breastfeeding at Work

Business Case for Breastfeeding:
Companies successful at retaining valued employees after childbirth find that two components can make the difference: providing dedicated space (as small 4’x5′) for breastfeeding employees to express milk in privacy, and providing worksite lactation support.

The payoff is significant: more satisfied, loyal employees and cost savings to the business. These savings are seen in such areas as:

  • Retention of experiences employees
  • Reduction in sick time taken by both moms and dads for children’s illnesses; and
  • Lower health care and insurance cost.

The Return on Investment (ROI)

  1. Breastfeeding employees miss work less often breastfed infants are healthier!
  2. Breastfeeding lowers health care costs because of healthier babies and less health care claims.
  3. Investing in a worksite lactation support program can yield substantial dividends to the company
  • Lower turnover rates
  • Additional Health Care Savings
  • Higher Productivity and Loyalty
  • Positive Public Relations

How to provide lactation support:

  1. Provide a private place to express milk
  2. Flexible Breaks
  3. Education-Pamphlets, resources, lunchtime classes, access to a lactation consultant
  4. Support breastfeeding mothers with a positive and encouraging attitude to reach their breastfeeding goals