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Working and Breastfeeding

BF_WorksLogo.jpgEmployers Benefit When They Support Breastfeeding

Lower absenteeism
Higher productivity
Higher company loyalty
Higher employee morale
Lower health care costs

Mothers with formula fed children missed work because their children were ill three times more often compared to mothers who breastfed their children.

Guide to the Rights of Breastfeeding Employees in Oklahoma - Overview & comparison of federal & state laws affecting Oklahoma working parents!

Sample Breastfeeding Policies

Breastfeeding Works Brochure (PDF, 177 KB)
    Guidelines for Becoming a Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite


Breastfeeding & Returning to Work-English (Revised 4-2017) (244 kb pdf)
Breastfeeding & Returning to Work-Spanish Revised 4-2017) (243 kb pdf)

Public Service Announcements

Helpful Links

Breastfeeding Employees - Pregnant@Work
Talking to Your Boss About Your Pump: Oklahoma Factsheet August 2018
     (The Center for WorkLife Law & A Better Balance)
Center for WorkLife Law Hotline - for Employment Discrimination Questions
(415) 703-8276 or mail form to

The Business Case for Breastfeeding - Employees' Guide to Breastfeeding and Working (6 pg.)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal & Child Health Bureau.

5 Tips for Making Nursing Moms' Return to Work Transition Easier - Check this this blog

Break Time for Nursing Mothers
US Department of Labor - Wage & Hours Division
    US Department of Labor Assists OK Nursing Mom

Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions -
Resources for a variety of worksites (photos & videos)

New toolkit - Breastfeeding Benefits Coverage in the Affordable Care Act
    National Women's Law Center - 11 pages - includes an explanation of the law
    sample scripts & letters for contacting insurers about lactation care
    coverage, and a Q&A section

Investing in Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies: An Employers Toolkit
National Business Group on Health in cooperation with the HHS Office on Women's Health and the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau (PDF, 1.13 MB)

Breastfeeding Friendly Business Decals

Oklahoma legislation ensures that women have the right to breastfeed in public.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages public establishments in Oklahoma to display this decal in a visible location, to indicate that nursing mothers and babies are welcome.

Displaying the decal will help breastfeeding women and their families to recognize places that welcome them.

For Questions or comments, e-mail Nancy Bacon or Amanda Morgan.

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