Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to nursing moms and their babies. There are also significant benefits to the community, workplace and the environment. Public Health is dedicated to support, actively promote and protect breastfeeding at the individual, community and systems levels. For these reasons, Public Health has gone through the 10 steps to become a breastfeeding friendly workplace. View Public Health's
as an example of what your workplace could do to become breastfeeding friendly.
Become a breastfeeding friendly workplace
It's the law!
According to Minnesota State Statute 181.939, employers must provide nursing moms a reasonable unpaid break and a set space to express breast milk. The space can either be a private room or another location that is free from intrusion, as long as it's not a bathroom, is in close proximity to the work area and there is access to an electrical outlet.
Not only are there numerous health benefits breastfeeding offers moms and babies, but employers can see benefits in the workplace as well. When an employer supports moms who continue to breastfeed, it can lead to higher job satisfaction, lower health care costs, lower staff turnover, higher retention rates, higher productivity and loyalty, and good public relations.
Whether you are a workplace or child care setting, you can take steps to become a breastfeeding friendly facility. Contact Public Health for more information on how to best support nursing mothers in the workplace, what requirements all businesses need to follow and suggestions for implementing these supports.
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What about child care?
What tips can I share with my child care provider?
How do I store my milk?
Breast milk storage guidelines
How do I keep up good milk production?
What do I do once I return to work?
Guidelines for breast milk storage and preparation.
Introducing a bottle
Introduce one bottle a day to your baby for at least two weeks before starting child care so that your baby learns to drink from a bottle.
It may take many tries before your baby will drink from a bottle.
Not all bottle nipples are alike. The "ideal" nipple should be a slow flow and gradually flare from the nipple length to the nipple base. This narrow neck nipple reaches far into the baby's mouth and allows for a gradual widening of the baby's lips.