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In the wholesale industry, women work in a variety of work settings, including office stations, warehouses, and even outdoor settings as distribution drivers. Options for supporting nursing women should focus on the number of women ages 18-45 who work for the company, work stations for these women, and space options.
For indoor office settings, nursing women can be supported using permanent or flexible space solutions for milk expression. Permanent space can be created by converting office space, storage areas, or multi-user spaces. Flexible areas can include sharing space with an office, conference room, or break area. In a warehouse with no private areas, space can be created using a pop-up tent or portable lactation station. Space can be built using shelving units encased with plywood. A flexible screened area can also be used to create space.
Nursing women who work as drivers can consider using the cab of their vehicle with privacy visors. Employers can also make arrangements with other businesses along the driving routes that may have lactation space available. This could include hotels, government buildings, or faith-based organizations.
An available office area could provide permanent space for milk expression. The space should be large enough for a chair and a flat surface for the breast pump and supplies.
Women working in an office area can consider expressing milk in available office spaces of co-workers or supervisors.
A clean closet or storage area can double as a flexible, private space for expressing milk.
A conference or meeting room can be shared with nursing mothers as long as scheduling arrangements are mutually beneficial.
An employee break room can be used for milk expression as long as signage is provided to respect the woman's privacy and scheduling is mutually beneficial for employees.
A simple plywood screen was constructed in the corner of a large warehouse area in one company to create privacy for milk expression. Colorful posters decorate the plywood.
A lightweight mobile tent could be used for privacy in one area of a warehouse. The tent pops up and folds down easily. A folding chair will need to be provided.
A new portable restroom can be retrofitted by removing the toilet. A larger unit designed for the disabled will provide more space. A chair and a flat surface for the breast pump complete the accommodation.
An employee who works as a distribution driver could use the cab of the company vehicle to express milk as long as weather conditions permit. Windshield visors help keep the car cool and provide privacy.
Content last updated August 04, 2014.
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