August 25, 2021

Kinetiq Health presents Better Health in 90, a video series of health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

In this Better Health in 90 video, Kinetiq Health Program Manager Catherine Kirkhoff discusses breastfeeding and nursing parents returning to the workplace.

Read on for more information!

Returning to the Workplace While Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding helps to contribute to short- and long-term health, good nutrition and food security to mothers and babies.

With August being World Breastfeeding Month, this is a month to help focus on and increase breastfeeding rates around the world. We are going to focus specifically on Indiana.

According to the CDC, 78.4 percent of babies in Indiana are ever breastfed, by 6 months that number drops to 47 percent and 27.4 percent by 12 months.

If you’re a lactating parent, one challenge you might face is eventually going back to work. With all the emotions this stage comes with, you shouldn’t have to worry about your office environment not being sufficient. It is important to know what to tell your employer what you will need to help continue your feeding journey.

Indiana’s workplace breastfeeding laws require employers with 25 or more employees to provide all breastfeeding mothers a private space (other than a bathroom) to pump, and paid break time to do it. (The federal FLSA law offers these protections only for hourly breastfeeding employees.)

Other things to consider:

  • A comfortable place to sit close to an electrical outlet
  • A refrigerator or cooler that can store your milk until you take it home
  • A sink and anti-bacterial soap to clean pumping supplies

If you do not have access to a sink or to save on time, put all pumping supplies in a large zip lock bag and store the bag in the cooler/refrigerator.

It is important for all mothers and parents to know, whatever their feeding choice, that they feel supported and encouraged at their workplace.

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