Breastfeeding Policies for Working Mothers:
Indicators and Action Plan
Women with children are the fastest growing segment in today’s workforce.. Almost fifty-five percent (55%) of women with children under three (3) years of age are employed outside the home. This has been shown to have a direct correlation with decreased breastfeeding initiation and duration.
Strategy# 1: Increase the number of employers with policies to support lactation programs.
Strategy #2: Increase the number of health insurance plans available that cover lactation support services and breast pump equipment and supplies for all participants.
Why This Works
Who Recommends This
Action Step#1: Collaborate with the Labor Cabinet on the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) for Break Time for Nursing Mothers.
Action Step #2: Identify all current employers who have worksite lactation programs and support.
Action Step #3: Contact Kentucky employers who have lactation programs to determine the strategies that was successful in implementing the program.
Action Step #4: Contact Breastfeeding Coordinators in other states with success in worksite breastfeeding promotion.
Action Step #5: Collaborate with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Chamber of Commerce to include breastfeeding in worksite wellness.
Action Step #6: Provide outreach to employers without lactation support utilizing the "Business Case for Breastfeeding" program.
Action Step #7: Develop an awards program to recognize those employers who have implemented a lactation support program.
Action Step #8: Educate working mothers on breast pump tax relief.
Strategy # 2
Action Step #1: Contact Breastfeeding Coordinators in other states with success in the implementation of insurance lactation support benefit packages.
Action Steps #2: Assist insurance companies in developing a lactation services benefit package for clients.
In today’s society, many mothers have to return to work soon after delivery and she may not receive support for breastfeeding. Many businesses do not provide breastfeeding women with adequate time or space to express breast milk. Research has shown that worksite wellness programs with lactation support increase breastfeeding duration.
How to Make it Happen