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)
Breastfeeding Policies at Work
Oklahoma Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites (January 2018)
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)
Contact your Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Regional Coordinator
(Area Resource/Assistance Contacts for Recognition as an Oklahoma Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite)
Breastfeeding & Returning to Work-English (Revised 4-2017) (244 kb pdf)
Breastfeeding & Returning to Work-Spanish Revised 4-2017) (243 kb pdf)
Public Service Announcements
Breastfeeding and Workplace Support-English
Breastfeeding and Workplace Support-Spanish
Support the Breastfeeding, Working Mother-English
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
US Department of Labor Assists OK Nursing Mom
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)
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)
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 Amanda Morgan.