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Education and Professional Support

Breastfeeding information and support help new mothers reach their infant feeding goals. Working mothers also need to know how to express their milk and how to include milk expression breaks in their workday. A growing number of companies are now including education and consultations with experts as part of their support services for nursing moms.

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  • Many companies contract with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in the community to provide direct assistance to employees. Lactation consultants often teach classes on-site, educate and consult with employees, and visit employees in their home or in the hospital during the employee's maternity leave.

  • Resources in the Room. Simple materials in the milk expression room help women work breastfeeding into their work schedule. Contact your local health department or breastfeeding coalition for suggestions of appropriate books, pamphlets, and other materials to include.

  • Group Education. Many businesses offer brown bag lunches for pregnant women and their partners. Postpartum monthly mothers' meetings give women the opportunity to share experiences.

  • How Lactation Consultants Help. A lactation consultant can help a mother get off to a good start with breastfeeding. She can teach her how to express milk effectively and how to use the breast pump. She can help her address any concerns about breastfeeding after returning to work. Find a lactation consultant at www.ilca.org.

  • Back-to-work Consultations. Lactation consultants, on-site nurses, or human resource managers can provide one-on-one "back to work" consultations with mothers to assist in their transition back to work.

  • Local Resources. A local hospital; health department; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) agency; or breastfeeding coalition can provide assistance. They recommend appropriate materials and local resources. They also provide training for managers and supervisors.

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Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated April 15, 2014.

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