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Utility companies require solutions for nursing women working in the main offices as well as those who work in the field. For indoor options, unused offices or storage areas can provide permanent dedicated space. Conference or meeting rooms offer flexible, temporary space. One option for employees working in the field is to use space in other businesses. Employers can provide employees with a list of businesses willing to share their lactation space. Portable or mobile options (e.g., pop-up tent, cab of large vehicle, etc.) may also work for women working in the field.
Video: Denver Water discovered that the cost of constructing a comfortable lactation space pays for itself with improved employee morale and lower turnover and time away from work.
Many employees working in the main offices of utility companies use their private office or the office of a colleague to express.
An enclosed room near a ladies' restroom created a dedicated milk expression room at a utility company. A cot is included, along with a multi-user electric breast pump shared by multiple users.
A utility company conference room can be used by nursing mothers. Employees and supervisors should work together on scheduling options that are mutually beneficial.
One utility company provides a portable breast pump kit to each nursing mother employed by the company. The kit includes a place to store milk, which is especially helpful for women who work in field sites.
A large utility company allows an on-site exam room to be available for nursing women to express milk when needed.
A lightweight mobile tent pops up and folds down easily for a quick temporary solution for women who work outdoors. A folding chair will need to be provided.
An employee could use her car or the company vehicle to express milk if she travels and is unable to access private space along her route. Windshield visors help keep the car cool and provide privacy.
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