Breastfeeding and Work

New CW&F Issue Available Online for WFRN Members

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New CW&F Issue Available Online for WFRN Members
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Community, Work & Family Journal
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The new issue of the Community, Work & Family journal (Volume 20, Issue 4, October 2017) is now available online here. Please note that you must be a member of WFRN and logged on to the WFRN website to access the issue.

The new issue contains the following articles:  

"Work–Family Conflict among Black, White, and Hispanic Men and Women"
Samantha K. Ammons, Eric C. Dahlin, Penny Edgell & Jonathan Bruce Santo

A Guide to the Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

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A Guide to the Health Benefits of Breastfeeding
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Bradley University’s Online Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program

The enormous health benefits of breast-feeding for children and mothers cannot be disputed. However, all across the country, discrimination and shaming still plague women who do so, especially in the workplace and in public. Greater public awareness is necessary to increase acceptance.

Looking for a Few Good Docs

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News Article
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Looking for a Few Good Docs
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Boston Globe
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Judi C Casey

"Many female physicians who choose to have children are fighting an uphill battle. The current model of medical education and training, after all, was designed exclusively for men more than a century ago. It consists of a rigid curriculum with a tight timeline for rotations, boards, and fellowships, to say nothing of the 80-hour duty weeks and, at times, punishing schedules. But is that the best way to fill the ranks of tomorrow's clinicians? When our structure for minting new doctors imposes hardships on almost half the people going through it, is it their fault -- or the system's?"

Helping New Moms with--Wait, a Vending Machine?

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Blog
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Helping New Moms with--Wait, a Vending Machine?
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Robin Hardman Communications Blog (also on Huffington Post)

At Johns Hopkins, support for breastfeeding employees  is not just a one-off policy or accommodation, it’s a comprehensive program. One of the most innovative aspects? A customized vending machine!

Complying with Family-Friendly Leave Policies Is Not Enough

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News Article
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Complying with Family-Friendly Leave Policies Is Not Enough
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Harvard Business Review
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Scott Behson

As states and municipalities move ahead of the federal government on policy, it is best to embrace and get ahead of change as opposed to grudgingly playing catch-up. A manager's challenge is how to take mandated policies and move them beyond simple compliance to a place of executional excellence.

In our work with employers, we find that when managers embrace new policies and regulations rather than grudgingly complying, they bring needed change to workplace culture.

The Benefits of Workplace Support for Breastfeeding

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Blog
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The Benefits of Workplace Support for Breastfeeding
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WorkFlexibility.org

Students in Dr. Stephen Sweet’s Sociology of Work and Family course at Ithaca College were encouraged to write editorials on how work-family practices can make sense not only for working families, but also for employers. Today’s post was written by Carolyn Rush, who argues that employers should be required to provide reasonable time and space for a nursing mother to breastfeed.

More U.S. Hospitals Adopting 'Baby Friendly' Policies

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News Article
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More U.S. Hospitals Adopting 'Baby Friendly' Policies
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The Washington Post

At the growing number of hospitals in the United States that are certified as “baby-friendly,” the naked, often unbathed infant is put on the mother’s bare chest within the first hour of birth. Mothers are to nurse “on demand” whenever babies are hungry. No pacifiers are available. Formula may be provided, but only on request, and only after, in some instances, mothers sign a waiver acknowledging that using a bottle could impede breast-feeding.

Breastfeeding In Non-traditional Occupations is Key to Improving Access to Higher-Paying, Skilled Careers

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Blog
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Breastfeeding In Non-traditional Occupations is Key to Improving Access to Higher-Paying, Skilled Careers
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Huffington Post
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Marcy Karin (ASU Work-Life Policy Unit) & Robin Runge (WOW)

To Support Breastfeeding, Paid Family and Medical Leave is Crucial

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To Support Breastfeeding, Paid Family and Medical Leave is Crucial
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CLASP

Healthy Babies Make Happy Moms-and Successful Servicewomen

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Healthy Babies Make Happy Moms-and Successful Servicewomen
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Corporate Voices

Breastfeeding is possible for servicewomen! While nursing mothers in the Armed Services may face special challenges, many have found practical, creative solutions that enable them to perform their duties while continuing to ensure that their babies receive the important benefits only breast milk can provide.

This Military Lactation Toolkit contains essential facts and resources to help you succeed in breastfeeding or pumping breast milk while on active duty.

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