Breastfeeding moms face logistical obstacles to being successful. As an employer, you have the opportunity to be supportive and help your staff provide the ideal nutrition for their babies. Breastfeeding friendly employers have healthier work forces and overall better morale.
Benefits to the Bottom Line
Providing support for nursing women at work is good for your business. Family-friendly practices can produce a 3 to 1 return on investment due to:
- Lower health care costs due to healthier babies and moms
- Mutual of Omaha found that their newborn health care costs are three times less when employees participate in the lactation program. They save $2,146 for each employee.
- Reduced rate of absenteeism due to infant illness (among both mothers and fathers)
- A major insurance company, CIGNA, found a 77% reduction in lost work time since babies who receive their mother’s milk are healthier. The company saves more than $60,000 per year in lower absenteeism rates.
- Lower turnover rates
- A 9-company study found that the average return to work rate is 94% when a lactation program is provided.
- Improved employee productivity and loyalty
- A more family-friendly image in the community
Being a breastfeeding friendly employer is a strategic way to attract, retain, and engage mothers with infants. This is one of the fastest growing segments in the American workforce.
Colorado and federal laws and accommodations are in place to protect breastfeeding mothers.
An Employer Must:
- Provide reasonable unpaid break time, or allow an employee to use paid break and/or meal time, to express breast milk for her nursing child for up to 2 years after the child’s birth.
- Make reasonable efforts to provide a nursing mother with a private location in close proximity to her work area (other than a toilet stall) in which to express milk.
- Not discriminate against women for expressing milk in the workplace.
Help & Funding Is Available to Support Nursing Women
Businesses can receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for costs related to developing lactation spaces. This can include construction costs as well as furnishings.
Project staff can work hand-in-hand with you to:
- Conduct an assessment
- Develop a plan to become a breastfeeding-friendly business
- Recognize you as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace
Breastfeeding Friendly Employers in Boulder County
See a list of breastfeeding friendly employers in Boulder County.