Making Plans with your Employer
So, now you should have mastered the pump, built a small supply of milk in your freezer, and introduced a bottle to your little one. No problem, right? Next step, get your employer on board for giving you your well-earned break to pump while at work. Sometimes, this is a no-brainer. If you live in a state like California, businesses with more than 50 employees are mandated to give breastfeeding moms pumping breaks and supply a clean, private space to pump (which cannot be a bathroom stall.) Other states do not have such laws in place, so you might be paving the way in your business for you and future breastfeeding moms. Either way, it is helpful to know your rights and how to be proactive to get what you deserve: time to pump so that you have something to feed your breastfeeding baby. Let’s get all of your ducks in a row so that this is an easy process for you.
Reasons Why Pumping at Work is Good for Your Employer
Sometimes it is helpful to have a list of reasons why allowing a mom time to pump at work is beneficial for her employer. Bosses like to look at the bottom line. Here’s a handy-dandy list of reasons to share with your boss:
• A study of multiple companies with lactation support programs found an average retention rate of 94.2%
• One-day absences to care for sick children occur more than twice as often for mothers of formula feeding infants.
• Businesses with lactation support have lower turnover rates, higher employee satisfaction, and additional health care savings.
All of this information, and more, can be found in the Business Case for Breastfeeding: For Business Managers
Check out your federal rights at the Workplace Support in Federal Law web site. All of your rights are there in front of you. You can make it happen!