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Breastfeeding Support: Industry Solutions
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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.

Feature Slides

  • 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.

    co-worker's office
  • 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.

    dedicated room
  • A utility company conference room can be used by nursing mothers. Employees and supervisors should work together on scheduling options that are mutually beneficial.

    conference room
  • 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.

    complementary breast pump kit
  • A large utility company allows an on-site exam room to be available for nursing women to express milk when needed.

    onsite exam room
  • 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.

    foldable mobile tent
  • 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.

    privacy- and adapter-equipped company car
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Space Solutions

  • Permanent space in the main office
    • Small office area
    • Wall added in existing space
    • Converted closet or storage area
    • Enclosed area of unused space
    • Enclosed area of a ladies' lounge
    • Cubicle lactation area created with tall partitions
  • Flexible space options in the main office
    • Conference room
    • Employee's office
    • Office of a manager, supervisor, or colleague
    • Employee break area
    • Shared space with businesses in the community
    • Employee's personal vehicle or company vehicle
  • Outdoor/mobile options
    • Pop-up tents
    • Privacy visors for vehicles

Time Solutions

  • Employees use usual break and meal periods to express milk
  • Staff provide coverage as needed
  • 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
  • Employee stores her milk in a personal cooler or insulated lunch bag

Business Examples

Content last updated August 04, 2014.

Resources last updated June 19, 2014.


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