…according to the CDC 2016 Breastfeeding Scorecard. Women comprise nearly half of the U.S. labor force, and for new mothers, the thought of returning to work and breastfeeding seems like a daunting task. Breastfeeding mothers who are away from their babies need to express milk two to three times during an eight-hour workday to maintain their milk supply and avoid health complications. It’s important for employers to make pumping accommodations to support breastfeeding moms returning to work.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies receive nothing but breast milk during the first six months of life and continue receiving breast milk for at least the first year and beyond. Breastfed babies are healthier and have fewer infections and illnesses, which equates to lower medical insurance claims and parents taking less time out of work. Support and ease this transition back to work for breastfeeding moms with an employer lactation program.
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