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Faith-based organizations often have multiple space options to consider for nursing mothers employed by the organization, as well as members of the congregation and visitors. Empty education rooms, a nursery, and on-site child care facilities might provide milk expression space. Small offices, converted closets, and storage areas can also be considered. Flexible options include offices and conference areas. The family-friendly nature of faith-based organizations and civic groups makes bringing the infant to work another viable option.

Faith-based and civic organizations often have strong missions to serve the community. This provides unique opportunities to foster support services for nursing women in the community. Religious organizations might also offer use of their space for nursing mothers working in nearby small businesses.

Feature Slides

  • Video: Greenforest Community Baptist Church near Atlanta shows how to support employees, congregation members, and visitors.

  • A ladies' lounge area is used for private breastfeeding or milk expression at a large church.

    Ladies' lounge
  • A baby changing table supports having infants in the workplace.

    Private room with changing table
  • Faith-based groups of all sizes and types often have small spaces for education, prayer, and consultation that can be used for breastfeeding or milk expression.

    Prayer room
  • Many faith-based organizations provide on-site child care for the community. The center may also have available space employees can use for direct breastfeeding or expressing milk.

    Room with cribs and a chair for nursing or pumping milk
  • The family-friendly nature of faith-based organizations and civic groups makes bringing the infant to work for a period of time a viable option.

    Mom at work with her baby
  • One grant making group partnered with their building manager where several businesses are housed. They provide a lactation space that can be shared by any of the businesses housed in the building.

    Lactation room
  • First 5 Fresno is a grant making group that focuses on initiatives supporting children's health. Their airstream bus supports nursing women who need privacy to breastfeed at community events.

    BFF Express airstream bus
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Space Solutions


  • Permanent space
    • Converted nursery
    • Converted closet/storage area
    • Retrofitted restroom or ladies' lounge area
    • Small office
    • Small area of unused space
    • Area of a child care center at the organization
  • Flexible space
    • Personal or staff office area
    • Nursery or unused space in the education center
    • Conference room

Time Solutions


  • Employees use usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Coverage may not be needed

Other Solutions


  • Child care provider brings the baby to the employee for feedings
  • Employee goes home or to the child care provider to feed the baby
  • Employer arranges for the baby to remain with the employee at work
  • Employee stores her milk in a personal cooler or insulated lunch bag
  • Policy allowing space in the faith-based organization to be used for staff and congregation
  • Policy allowing space in the faith-based organization building to be shared with women working in nearby small businesses in the community

Business Examples



Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated June 19, 2014.

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A project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health

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Womens Health logo
En Español
Breastfeeding: Industry Solutions
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Religious, Grant making, Civic

Faith-based organizations often have multiple space options to consider for nursing mothers employed by the organization, as well as members of the congregation and visitors. Empty education rooms, a nursery, and on-site child care facilities might provide milk expression space. Small offices, converted closets, and storage areas can also be considered. Flexible options include offices and conference areas. The family-friendly nature of faith-based organizations and civic groups makes bringing the infant to work another viable option.

Faith-based and civic organizations often have strong missions to serve the community. This provides unique opportunities to foster support services for nursing women in the community. Religious organizations might also offer use of their space for nursing mothers working in nearby small businesses.

Feature Slides

  • Video: Greenforest Community Baptist Church near Atlanta shows how to support employees, congregation members, and visitors.

  • A ladies' lounge area is used for private breastfeeding or milk expression at a large church.

    Ladies' lounge
  • A baby changing table supports having infants in the workplace.

    Private room with changing table
  • Faith-based groups of all sizes and types often have small spaces for education, prayer, and consultation that can be used for breastfeeding or milk expression.

    Prayer room
  • Many faith-based organizations provide on-site child care for the community. The center may also have available space employees can use for direct breastfeeding or expressing milk.

    Room with cribs and a chair for nursing or pumping milk
  • The family-friendly nature of faith-based organizations and civic groups makes bringing the infant to work for a period of time a viable option.

    Mom at work with her baby
  • One grant making group partnered with their building manager where several businesses are housed. They provide a lactation space that can be shared by any of the businesses housed in the building.

    Lactation room
  • First 5 Fresno is a grant making group that focuses on initiatives supporting children's health. Their airstream bus supports nursing women who need privacy to breastfeed at community events.

    BFF Express airstream bus
LEFT
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
RIGHT

View All Slides


Space Solutions


  • Permanent space
    • Converted nursery
    • Converted closet/storage area
    • Retrofitted restroom or ladies' lounge area
    • Small office
    • Small area of unused space
    • Area of a child care center at the organization
  • Flexible space
    • Personal or staff office area
    • Nursery or unused space in the education center
    • Conference room

Time Solutions


  • Employees use usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Coverage may not be needed

Other Solutions


  • Child care provider brings the baby to the employee for feedings
  • Employee goes home or to the child care provider to feed the baby
  • Employer arranges for the baby to remain with the employee at work
  • Employee stores her milk in a personal cooler or insulated lunch bag
  • Policy allowing space in the faith-based organization to be used for staff and congregation
  • Policy allowing space in the faith-based organization building to be shared with women working in nearby small businesses in the community

Business Examples



Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated June 19, 2014.

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