Workplace Solutions

Across the nation, businesses are becoming supportive work environments for breastfeeding employees and have discovered that the cost savings and increased productivity among employees is worth the investment. You can support breastfeeding mothers and make your workplace breastfeeding friendly.

Talk with your expectant mothers about their options for pumping when they return to work. It's good for employee moral and for your business's bottom line!

The Task Force can help you develop a breastfeeding friendly policy for your workplace. Contact Monica Esparza at monica@breastfeedingnm.org or (505) 629-9877.

Did you know New Mexico has a law that protects the rights of breastfeeding women to nurse in public places?

That's not surprising when you consider that women who breastfeed are giving their babies the best nourishment possible—reducing their child's chances of allergies, ear infections, diabetes, and some cancers, just to name a few. What does this mean for your business or restaurant? You can reach out to your breastfeeding customers by offering them a welcoming and supportive environment in which to shop or dine—and take time out to nurse.

Organizations who provide a lactation support program have lower turnover rates, in addition to increased productivity and loyalty. Need more reasons and guidance to create a breastfeeding-friendly workplace?

Here are a few tips to make your premises "breastfeeding friendly."

Place a "Breastfeeding Welcome Here" decal in your window.

Mothers will be drawn into your business knowing that they can nurse comfortably there, and will be impressed by your commitment to mother and baby health and wellbeing.

Remember, breastfeeding is normal. It is absolutely normal (and what nature intended) for an infant or toddler to nurse—this is what breasts are made for. Don’t worry, it is rare to see any more than a mother’s skin when she breastfeeds. Just look away if you feel uncomfortable, but never suggest that a mother cover herself or that she nurses out of sight of others. The more we see breastfeeding mothers, the more comfortable we will all be with them.

Email contact@breastfeedingnm.org to request a "Breastfeeding Welcome Here" window decal.

Go the extra mile to make a breastfeeding mom comfortable.

Make sure she has water at her table (a nursing mom is a thirsty mom). If you encounter other patrons who are uncomfortable at the sight of a mother breastfeeding, remember: this is not the breastfeeding mother's problem. Suggest that the patron take a seat that faces away from the mother, or offer to reseat them in another part of the restaurant. Just as they have a right to eat in peace, so do babies!

Support breastfeeding employees.

Breastfeeding women who go back to work can continue to breastfeed their babies. You can support them by providing a reasonable work schedule, including scheduling schedule flexibility, including scheduling breaks so your employee can express breast milk for her baby or nurse her baby. Provide a private, clean are for breastfeeding or milk expression—ideally not a bathroom. An unused/borrowed office is a good option. And provide a safe, clean, cool place to store expressed milk (staff refrigerator.) These are just a few ideas to make your business welcoming.

Apply for the Family Friendly Business Award.

Share your best practices with the community, and receive recognition for your family friendly policies. You can find more information here.

These are just a few ideas  to make your business welcoming to nursing mothers. We are available to provide further education, information, or ideas.