Breastfeeding Support at Work
Working breastfeeding moms need the support of their employers. Their needs are simple: A safe, private, and comfortable location at the worksite and the opportunity to pump two or three times during the work day. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies be fed only breast milk for the first six months and that breastfeeding be continued along with nutritious food for at least one year. In order for a working mom to produce enough breast milk for their baby, they need be able express milk during their work shift. Many nursing mothers do not know that the law requires employers to provide a private area and allow break time for pumping or breastfeeding at work.
Federal and Colorado Law
Effective March 23, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Section 7 of the Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
The Wage and Hour Fact Sheet #73 “Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA” and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Department of Labor website provide basic information about the law.
Colorado law goes beyond Federal law by extending this requirement until the child is two years of age. Colorado Department of Labor Workplace Accomodation for Breastfeeding Mothers
Employer benefits of providing worksite support
Businesses are realizing numerous benefits when they provide lactation support programs.
· Cost savings of $3 per $1 invested in nursing support
· Reduced absenteeism to care for sick children because breastfed infants have less illness
· Lower health care costs
· Improved employee productivity with higher morale and greater employee loyalty
· Increased ability to attract and retain valuable employees
· Family-friendly image in the community
The Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite Program
Businesses that provide additional breastfeeding support for their employees such as having a worksite policy and staff education are recognized for being a Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite. Employers that receive the award are provided with a certificate and letter of recognition, and are promoted as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite on this website and on Facebook https://www,facebook.com/WeldCountyGoverment.
Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites
JBS Swift Greeley
Lowe’s Home Center, LLC
McDonald’s 2440 8th Avenue
Northern Colorado Medical Center
Salida del Sol Academy
State Farm Insurance
Sunrise Community Health
Target Corporation Greeley
University of Northern Colorado
Weld County Department of Human Services
Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment
Weld County Woman, Infants, and Children
Wells Fargo Bank
Nominate your company for the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award by completing the nomination form on the right.
For assistance with implementing or reviewing your worksite lactation support policies/programs, contact Mike Schwan at 970-304-6420. Ext. 2343 or email@example.com
Breastfeeding rates in Colorado
· Exclusively breastfed for first six months: 26.6 percent. Rank: 1st in U.S.;
· Ever breastfed: 87.5 percent. Rank: 5th in U.S.;
· Breastfeeding at 6 months: 56.9 percent. Rank: 7th in U.S.;
· Breastfeeding at 12 months: 27.3 percent. Rank: 18th in U.S.;
· Exclusively breastfed for first three months: 50.7 percent. Rank: 5th in U.S.
Source: 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[/sidebarContent]