Mothers are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. labor force. Due to this increase of mothers in the workforce it has become essential to establish sufficient lactation support in the work place. The numbers speak for themselves when taking a look at the direct impact work has on a mother and nursing. A woman’s career has the most significant impact on both whether she breastfeeds exclusively and for how long. Women who are employed full time are less likely to initiate
|One day absences to care for sick children occur more than twice as often for mothres of formula-fed babies.|
breastfeeding and to continue breastfeeding once they return to work. Only 25% of employed women with children under age 1 continue breastfeeding while working for at least a month. Disadvantaged women with lower income levels seem to have the greatest difficulty breastfeeding and working.
The statistics backing work place lactation support are overwhelmingly beneficial for both the mother and the infant. Beyond the immense benefits breastfeeding can have for both the infant and the mother, employers could also reap benefits by reducing the risk of both short and long-term health issues for the women and child, decreasing full day sick leave, increasing retention and earlier return to work as well as positive public relations and recruiting advantages.