Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Compiled by Sandee Tisdale


Topic Page Advisor:

Judith Galtry

Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States and Cost Analysis Findings (2010)

Source:
Bartick, M., & Reinhold, A. (2010). The burden of suboptimal breastfeeding in the United States: A pediatric cost analysis. Pediatrics, 125(5), e1048- e1056.

Description:
This study was based on data collected for the 2007 breastfeeding report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study computed current costs and compared them to the projected costs if 80% and 90% of U.S. families would follow the recommended guidelines to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months. An analysis was computed for all pediatric diseases to determine the risk ratios that promoted breastfeeding.  Results found, “If 90% of US families could comply with medical recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, the United States would save $13 billion per year and prevent an excess 911 deaths, nearly all of which would be infants ($10.5 billion and 741 deaths at 80% compliance). Current US breastfeeding rates are suboptimal and results in significant excess costs and preventable infant deaths” (Bartick & Reinhold, 2010, p. e1048). This article suggested developing a national infrastructure to support breastfeeding.

Link:
To access this document (PDF), visit: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/125/5/e1048

Statutes by Theme: Breastfeeding and the Workplace (2009)

The Work and Family Statutes by Theme are presented primarily for state policy makers to help provide an overview of the laws that have been passed in various states that are relevant to work and family issues.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/SBT_Breastfeeding.pdf

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Breastfeeding in the Workplace (2010)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work-life issues.

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Breastfeeding in the Workplace: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/FactSheet_Breastfeeding.pdf

Policy Mini-Brief Series, 2009, Issue 03 - Breastfeeding and the Workplace

By Julie Weber, JD

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called the Policy Mini-Brief Series.  These publications are shorter, complimentary briefs to the Policy Briefing Series, providing state legislators and their staff with a one page summary of work-family policy issues.

Download Issue 3 in this series, entitled "Breastfeeding and the Workplace": https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/minib_breastfeeding.pdf

Policy Briefing Series (PBS), 2008, Issue 14 - Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Breastfeeding and the Workplace

By Sandee Shulkin, MSW, and Melissa Brown, MSW

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called, the Policy Briefing Series.  These publications provide state legislators and their staff with answers to questions about specific work-family issues, such as, “How does afterschool care affect my constituents?” and “What can be done about telework?” This publication is mailed to legislators across the United States.

Download Issue 14 in this series, entitled "Breastfeeding and the Workplace": https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/policy_makers14.pdf.

Supporting Your Breastfeeding Employees (n.d.)

American College of Nurse-Midwives (n.d.). Supporting your breastfeeding employees. Silver Spring, Maryland: American College of Nurse-Midwives.

 

A two-page flier on why and how you can support breastfeeding employees. 

 

To access this document, click here: http://www.gotmom.org/employers/supporting.htm

 

For more information about the American College of Nurse-Midwives, click here:
http://www.midwife.org/index.cfm 

Judge Orders Extra Break Time for Breastfeeding Medical Student (2007)

Mello, F. (2007). Judge orders extra break time for breastfeeding medical student. The Boston Globe. Retrieved from http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/blog/2007/09/judge_orders_ex.html.

A Harvard medical student wins her appeal to breastfeed while on extended breaks during her doctor-licensing exam.

Workplace Breastfeeding Support (2002)

United States Breastfeeding Committee. (2002). Workplace breastfeeding support [issue brief].  Raleigh, NC: United States Breastfeeding Committee. 

 

This packet explains the benefits of breastfeeding for employers, illustrates the components of a workplace breastfeeding support program, and offers additional resources on breastfeeding. 

 

To access this document, click here:
http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/LinkClick.aspx?link=Publications%2fBenefits-2002-USBC.pdf&tabid=70&mid=388

 

For more information on the United States Breastfeeding Committee, click here: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/ 

Breastfeeding and the Workplace (n.d.)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions. (n.d.). Breastfeeding and the workplace. Dublin, Ireland: Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

A brief out of Ireland focuses on the rights of working women by offering advice and information on combining breastfeeding and employment. Discussion includes paid breaks, facilities, and workplace policies.

To access this document, visit: http://www.ictu.ie/html/publications/ictu/Breastfeeding.pdf

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