Why support nursing mothers in the workplace?
- Nearly 60% of all women are employed in the work force in the United States
- Women comprise almost half (~47%) of the U.S. labor force
- Women with children are the fastest growing segment of the work force & almost 60% of women with children under the age of 3 work full-time
- Most women go back to work 6-12 weeks after they give birth, but it’s recommended that babies are breastfed or given breastmilk for at least 6 months
Providing employee lactation accommodations also brings businesses a 3:1 Return on Investment (ROI) through lower health care costs, lower employee absenteeism rates (since babies are healthier), lower turnover rates, and higher employee productivity and loyalty.
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding highlights specific steps that employers can take to support breastfeeding and resources to support them.
See more resources for breastfeeding in the workplace here.