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.
Sample Breastfeeding Policies
Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)
Worksite Breastfeeding Policy (2013)
Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA)
Model Policy on Breastfeeding
Sample policy for Supporting Breastfeeding Employees (102.94 kb pdf)
Oklahoma Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite (with recent additions)
The State Chamber & Oklahoma State Department of Health Joint Endorsement for Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Recognition (PDF, 516 KB)
Breastfeeding Works Brochure (PDF, 177 KB)
Guidelines for Becoming a Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite
Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Application for Recognition (PDF, 52.1 KB)
Breastfeeding & Returning to Work-English (290 kb pdf)
Breastfeeding & Returning to Work-Spanish (295 kb pdf)
Public Service Announcements
Breastfeeding and Workplace Support-English (MOV 2.9M)
Breastfeeding and Workplace Support-Spanish (MOV 3M)
Support the Breastfeeding, Working Mother-English (MOV)
Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions - Womenshealth.gov
Resources for a variety of worksites (photos & videos)
CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
HHS Office on Women's Health Launches National Worksite Lactation Resource Initiative
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
Department of Labor fact sheet on Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Workplace Breastfeeding Support Provision in Health Care Reform
New Breast Pump Benefits in the Affordable Care Act
Setting up “A Lactation Room” (PDF, 115.6 KB)
Estimated Costs of Furnishing a Workplace Room for Breastfeeding Moms (PDF, 71.4 KB)
"Workplace Breastfeeding Programs: Employer Case Studies"
New publication on Workplace Breastfeeding Programs, from the National Business Group on Health in cooperation with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Bureau
Additional Employer Resources (PDF, 18.3 KB)
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
For Questions or comments, e-mail Nancy Bacon or Rosanne Smith.