Working and Breastfeeding Resources

Increasing the number of breastfeeding-friendly employers in San Diego County means healthier babies, healthier moms and healthier bottom lines. Returning to work after the birth of a baby is a critical transition point – many mothers choose to stop breastfeeding at this time due to concerns about pumping in the workplace; other mothers may prolong their leave or not return to work at all if they perceive an unsupportive environment.

The resources below can help both employers and employees support and promote lactation accommodation in the workplace. To develop a comprehensive program it is key to include a written policy, system for communication, environmental changes, along with resources and education for staff. Worksites who offer lactation accommodation can realize health care cost savings, decreased absenteeism and turnover and more productive, satisfied and loyal employees.

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!

- Nina C. Iwanaga, Employee, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

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.

- Shawn Stout, Pinnacle Hotels, Inc.

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.

- Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified School District

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.

- Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency

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