Breastfeeding is a great way for new moms and babies to bond and thrive but did you know that breastfeeding is also beneficial to employers?
Why should workplaces support breastfeeding?
- Breastfeeding employees miss work less often because breastfed infants are healthier.
- Breastfeeding lowers health care costs.
- Breastfeeding support helps employers keep their best employees so that less money is spent hiring and training new employees.
- Breastfeeding employees who are supported in the workplace report higher productivity and loyalty.
- Supporting breastfeeding employees creates a positive public image.
Going back to work while breastfeeding can be a tough transition. In an effort to help moms right here in DC, we have partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to provide lactation support for EPA employees through their Maternal Wellness Program. For employees enrolled in the program, Gina Boling, BA, IBCLC, provides prenatal lactation education, quarterly brown bag sessions on breastfeeding, and telephonic lactation support, so mom and baby can meet their breastfeeding goals.
If your organization is interested in offering an employee Maternal Wellness program, please contact Gina Caruso at firstname.lastname@example.org.