Back to Work

How a Door, a Plug, a Fridge and a Sink Increase the Bottom Line: Back to Work and the Breastfeeding Relationship

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, and then continued breastfeeding with age-appropriate solids until 2 years and beyond. Yet breastfeeding rates in the US fall to 57.8%1 by the time a baby is 3 months old. The back-to-work and breastfeeding relationship is therefore crucial. The data overwhelmingly suggests that 85% of women are passionately committed to breastfeeding, regardless of work environment. Continuing to breastfeed and going back to work is a balancing act, and successfully achieving their breastfeeding goals under these circumstances is a badge of honor that these women wear with pride. The most compelling data from this survey highlight remarkably increased levels of productivity, peace of mind and company loyalty that women derive from a breastfeeding policy in the workplace. All she needs is a door (a private place), an outlet, a fridge and a sink— relatively straightforward elements for a company to implement. In today’s economy, where many companies are trying to cut back financially, putting in place a breastfeeding mothers’ policy is an excellent, low cost way to markedly improve employee attitudes and productivity for virtually half their workforce.

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