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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 Worksites (June 2015)

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

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

Department of Labor fact sheet on Break Time for Nursing Mothers - August 2013 revision

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

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

USBC Applauds Workplace Breastfeeding Support

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)

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)

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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