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Employers 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.

Sample Breastfeeding Policies

Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)
    Worksite Breastfeeding Policy (2013)

Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA)
    Model Policy on Breastfeeding

WomensHealth.gov
    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)

Resources

Brochures
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)

Helpful Links

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.

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