7 Resources to Help Employers Support Breastfeeding in the Workplace


As women leave the workforce in record numbers, it’s time for employers to consider the ways they can attract and retain working mothers. One important (and typically low-cost) step is creating a breastfeeding friendly workplace. Not only will this help you retain talent, but breastfeeding employees who feel supported at work report higher productivity.

Don’t know where to get started? The following resources will help you understand why and how you should support your employees who are breastfeeding their babies.

Making it Work: Employers Supporting Breastfeeding Families

This guide from WorkWell NC is a comprehensive look at the benefits of breastfeeding for children, moms, and even your business. It includes a checklist for employers, solutions for supporting breastfeeding women in various working environments, and frequently asked questions.

Support for Breastfeeding in the Workplace

This excerpt from The CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions focuses solely on how to support breastfeeding at work. The CDC walks through evidence of effectiveness, examples of programs, and potential next steps.

Workplace Breastfeeding Support

The United States Breastfeeding Committee offers suggestions on tailoring a program for your company. Their guide also outlines the components of adequate, expanded, and comprehensive workplace breastfeeding support programs.

How Companies Can Support Breastfeeding Employees

This piece from the Harvard Business Review discusses the laws around supporting breastfeeding employees along with nine key best practices for staying within those laws and implementing policies that retain employees and save money.

Lactation Support for Low-Wage Workers

California WIC released this guide that outlines the benefits of offering a supportive workplace for breastfeeding employees along with special considerations for low-wage workers.

Family Forward NC’s Support for Breastfeeding Mothers

The Family Forward NC breastfeeding site offers research, recommendations, and a successful case study with a sample business HR policy for supporting breastfeeding mothers.

Supporting Lactating Employees During COVID-19

Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham (Breastfeed Durham) and Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Orange County have created a resource specific to supporting breastfeeding workers during COVID-19.