Breastfeeding in the Workplace: What You Should Do

Updated: Jan 14, 2019

Despite the noted health benefits of breastfeeding and the United State’s commitment to increase the occurrence of breastfeeding, many women are prevented from breastfeeding due to work place rules. Many worksites do not have the facilities and work policies that can facilitate breastfeeding at work or breast milk expression and milk storage at work. It is possible to design a work environment that is conducive to breastfeeding, breast milk expression and breast milk storage. It is in the public interest, the mother’s interest, the infant’s interest, and the employer’s interest to develop a breastfeeding in the workplace program. For employers, a program can reduce overall costs, boost moral and productivity, and retain or attract high quality workers.