Medela Corporate Lactation Program
Creating a Supportive Workplace for Nursing Mothers
Creating a Balance
No longer can employees be expected to leave their personal issues at the door when coming to work. Many employers recognize the importance of helping employees’ balance the daily rigors of their work and personal life. Evidence of such support can be found by looking at programs now offered to employees. Daycare, eldercare, domestic partner coverage, adoption assistance and sick child days off all were services unheard of just a few years ago. Corporate Lactation Programs, including Mothers Rooms, were primarily non-existent a short time ago as well.
Effective March 2010, legislation has been passed to support a breastfeeding mother in her endeavor to provide breast milk for her baby, even once she has returned to work. (Click here to learn more on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, section 4207).
This legislation highlights what some progressive companies were already providing: a safe, convenient place for mothers to express her breast milk. Many other companies may wonder how to support their working mothers and implement Mothers Rooms if they do not already exist in their work establishment. Medela can help you develop a Corporate Lactation Program that meets your company’s needs.
Benefits to Creating a Corporate Lactation Program
Creating a corporate Lactation Program increases employee loyalty, enhances morale and job satisfaction, improves a corporate image and reduces healthcare costs. The return on investment is invaluable to the employer, the employee and ultimately, the baby.
Components to a Successful Lactation Program
The most successful lactation programs offer many features, however there are three main components:
(1) a private Mothers Room, (2) breast pump equipment, and (3) access to qualified lactation professionals.
Contact Medela Today
More than 200 corporations currently utilize Medela breastfeeding products as part of their lactation program. Whether your company needs information on high quality breast pumps or wishes to subsidize employees who purchase equipment, Medela can provide information and guidance. With the new legislation your needs may include assistance setting up a Mothers Room or simply require referrals to organizations who deliver lactation counseling, again Medela is here as a resource for you.
Whatever your questions may be, Medela is here to help. For more information on setting up your Corporate Lactation Program contact Jim Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Breastfeeding Resources for Nursing Mothers:
Discover educational resources, information on what you need to get started, and tips and solutions to ensure breastfeeding success.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Women's Health (http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/)
- Why breastfeeding is important
- Learning to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding in public
- Going back to work
- Government in action on breastfeeding
- Pumping and milk storage
- Breastfeeding and everyday life
- Finding support and information
- Common breastfeeding challenges
- Investing in Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies: An Employer's Toolkit - This toolkit covers the essential information employers who need to understand the components of breastfeeding programs.