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Investing in Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies: An Employer's Toolkit

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More than 70% of new mothers now follow their doctor's advice to breastfeed immediately after birth. However, women employed full-time are less likely to initiate breastfeeding and to continue breastfeeding once they return to work. Breastfeeding is important because it may help to mitigate health care costs, lost productivity and absenteeism by:

  • Reducing the risk of some short- and long-term health issues for women and children;
  • Decreasing employee absences associated with caring for a sick child;
  • Promoting an earlier return from maternity leave; and
  • Increasing retention of female employees.

Employers can create tailored workplace breastfeeding programs and policies. The National Business Group on Health's toolkit covers the essential information employers need to understand the components of breastfeeding programs, get started and measure success. Valuable resources include breastfeeding program options, employer case studies and materials for employees.

Download Entire Toolkit (71 pages)

Toolkit Sections: (titles linked to PDF of section)

  1. The Business Case for Breastfeeding Promotion
  2. Workplace Breastfeeding Options
  3. Breastfeeding Promotion Program Components
  4. Employer Case Studies
  5. Getting Started
  6. Methods of Measuring Success
  7. Other Ways to Support Breastfeeding Women
  8. Tools for Employers
    • Workplace Breastfeeding Program Appraisal Tool (Webpage)
    • Policy for Supporting Breastfeeding Employees (PDF)
    • Timeline for Implementing a Lactation Support Program (PDF )
    • Lactation Program Assessment Form (PDF)
    • Lactation Support Program Feedback Form for Supervisors and Colleagues (PDF)
    • Lactation Support Program Feedback Form for Breastfeeding Employees (PDF)
    • Talking Points for Human Resources and Benefits Directors (PDF)
    • Drop-In Newsletter Communications (PDF)
  9. Information for Breastfeeding Employees
  10. Resources

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Page last updated: October 19, 2012