“Employed mothers typically find that returning to work is a significant barrier to breastfeeding. Women often face inflexibility in their work hours and locations and a lack of privacy for breastfeeding or expressing milk, have no place to store expressed breast milk, are unable to find child care facilities at or near the workplace, face fears over job insecurity, and have limited maternity leave benefits.” Excerpted from The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program seeks to reduce barriers to breastfeeding by increasing the number of employers who have worksite lactation support policies and programs to proactively support employees in combining working and breastfeeding by providing for:
- Work schedule flexibility to allow adequate time for the expression of breastmilk.
- Access to a clean, safe water source and a sink to wash hands and clean pumping equipment.
- Access to clean running water to wash hands and clean pumping equipment.
- Access to hygienic options for storage of expressed breastmilk.
Directory of designated Mother-Friendly Worksites in Texas.
If your worksite is not mother friendly, encourage your company to become a Mother-Friendly Worksite. Many companies have become mother friendly due to employee request and encouragement. Let’s make Texas breastfeeding friendly, y’all!