Having a lactation policy made a huge difference. Before the policy, I had to search for rooms to borrow – some of which did not have locks. After the policy, I felt I had a lot more support and knew of appropriate, secure rooms that I could use. I was even able to exceed my goals!
The lactation policy and education has helped our associates and managers recognize the importance of accommodating breastfeeding employees. This program helps us stay in compliance with the law and keeps our new mothers in the workforce.
It is important for school boards to encourage administrators and principals to create supportive work environments to help breastfeeding employees continue breastfeeding while working. This improves children’s and employees’ health, saves on health claims, reduces absenteeism, and improves employee morale. And when the children of these employees reach school-age, schools reap an additional benefit – healthier children in our classrooms.
The County’s Live Well, San Diego! initiative strives to build better health, in the community and for County of San Diego staff. In the Health and Human Services Agency, we’ve already implemented a Lactation Policy and are working to cover all County departments and 15,000+ employees. Breastfeeding provides a baby’s healthiest first food and having a policy in place helps support making the healthy choice the easy choice.