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Breastfeeding in the workplace

Employers who provide a supportive environment for breastfeeding employees enjoy many proven benefits including:

  • Lower absenteeism
  • Lower health care costs
  • Better retention of employees
  • Higher productivity and company loyalty
  • Positive image in the community as a family-friendly business

These employers also help improve the economic security and health of mothers, infants and working families.

Reasonable break time and privacy

The Fair Labor Standards Act now requires all employers to provide breastfeeding employees with reasonable break time and a sanitary, private space that is not a bathroom, to pump milk at work for one year after childbirth. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not subject to this requirement if it imposes an undue hardship.

For more information on the new law and breastfeeding support programs, contact Elspeth Durek at (360) 397-8000 ext. 7291 or elspeth.durek@clark.wa.gov.

Breastfeeding-friendly employers in Clark County

  •  Alpha Ecological
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  •  Battle Ground Public Schools
  •  Burgerville
  •  Camas School District
  •  Children's Village
  •  Clark College
  •  Clark County
  •  City of Battle Ground
  •  City of Camas
  •  City of Vancouver
  •  City of Washougal
  •  Educational Service District 112
  •  Everest College
  •  Evergreen School District
  •  Fred Meyer
  •  Frito Lay
  •  Legacy Health
  •  McDonalds
  •  New Seasons Market
  •  Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center
  •  Prestige Care: Hazel Dell Assisted Living and Discovery Nursing & Rehab
  •  S.E.H.
  •  Sea Mar Community Health
  •  Washington State University, Vancouver
  •  Washougal School District
  •  Wells Fargo Financial
  •  Whole Foods Market

Call CCPH at (360) 397-8000 ext.7211 if you would like to be added to the list.


 

Get recognized

Employers with policies that support breastfeeding employees are encouraged to apply for recognition from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington.

Clark County is also pleased to recognize local breastfeeding-friendly employers. To add your organization to our list, contact Elspeth Durek at (360) 397-8000 ext. 7291 or elspeth.durek@clark.wa.gov

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