Working and Breastfeeding
Employers Benefit When They Support Breastfeeding
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
- Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Worksite Breastfeeding Policy (2016)
- Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA) Model Hospital Infant Feeding Policy (2015)
- WomensHealth.gov Policy for Supporting Breastfeeding Employees - Business Case for Breastfeeding
- Sample Worksite Breastfeeding Policy Wisconsin Dept of Health & Family Services/Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition
Breastfeeding Works Brochure (PDF, 177 KB)
Guidelines for Becoming a Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite
Contact your Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Regional Coordinator (updated September 2018)
Public Service Announcements
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
Department of Labor fact sheet on Break Time for Nursing Mothers - April 2018 revision
Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions - Womenshealth.gov
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
Setting up “A Lactation Room” (PDF, 115.6 KB)
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.
To request a decal(s): Oklahoma Breastfeeding Decal Order Form