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.
- Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington - Materials in English and Spanish
- Business Case for Breastfeeding
- Policy for Supporting Breastfeeding Employees
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Healthier Worksite Initiative
For more information, contact the Chronic Disease Prevention team