In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Western Wake Pediatrics would like to put the spotlight on working moms who breastfeed. Whether you are a mom working part-time in a corporate environment or from the comfort of your home, you have the right to breastfeed your baby.
Raising awareness for this issue is important in making sure more employers become breastfeeding-friendly. According to the WABA, there are three necessary factors that working moms need in order to optimize their success with breastfeeding:
Time. A big factor that would help working mothers breastfeed their babies is time in the form of paid maternity leave post-natally. If mothers give birth to premature babies or infants who need special care, they should receive additional paid time off. Flexible work hours or paid breastfeeding breaks would also help mothers while they are in an office environment.
Space. Giving working mothers space to breastfeed their babies is essential, whether that is designated in an infant care center near their workplace or setting up a private facility or breastfeeding room that is in their place of work to store breastmilk. Having a clean work environment that is safe from any toxic chemicals is important when they are breastfeeding.
Support. A crucial element that working moms need in order to breastfeed is support from their employer, management and co-workers, in regards to positive attitudes about motherhood and breastfeeding at work. More information about national maternity laws and benefits around the office could be helpful as well.
Reach Out to Western Wake Pediatrics for More Information About Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Interested in receiving more information on the benefits of breastfeeding or tips for breastfeeding in the workplace? Contact Western Wake Pediatrics today at (919) 859-9991. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.