World Breastfeeding Week 2013: The Workplace and Employment Circle of Support


World Breastfeeding Week 2013: The Workplace and Employment Circle of Support – Lactation Matters (click to see original article)

This is a blog post from Lactation Matters (the official blog of the International Lactation Consultant Association). The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week, and the theme this year is “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers.” The organizers have identified 5 Circles of Support that are critical for breastfeeding mothers in our world and one of those circles is “Workplace and Employment”. This blog post is an interview with Vergie Hughes, the program director for Lactation Education Resources where she provides education for lactation consultants (and lactation consultants-to-be) all over the world. She describes how her work supports working mothers. Hughes says “I do think that support for breastfeeding has improved over the past few years. In the United States, the new Affordable Care Act regulations have made breast pumps more available to mothers, which is good. However, the quality of these pumps and the quick availability is often lacking. The regulations regarding workplace accommodation of lactating mothers has been supportive of women who request time and a place for breast pumping. Hopefully, a supervisor would provide these accommodations for the breastfeeding mother because it is the ‘right thing to do.’ But, if not, then the mother has the support of the regulations to push for the time and facilities that she needs.”