Being a Lactation Friendly Workplace demonstrates an organization’s commitment to supporting families, assists parents in achieving their breast/chestfeeding goals and creates a positive, family-friendly image for your business in the community. It is also a strategic way to attract, retain, and engage employees.
94% of employees return to their company after maternity leave if offered a lactation support program, compared with the national average of only 59% (CDC).
Parents resign from work so that they can continue to breastfeed. Staff turnover frequently results in a loss of skilled employees, lower productivity, decreased morale across the company, and excess costs to hire replacements.
Over 90% of Colorado families choose to initiate breastfeeding; however, this number decreases significantly when parents return to work.
You can give employees and potential candidates confidence about the quality of breastfeeding support provided in the workplace.
Lactation Friendly Workplaces have healthier work forces, overall better morale, and increased return on investment due to:
Being a Lactation Friendly Workplace ensures that employers are following all state and federal laws related to lactation support. To be recognized, employers are required to have a lactation policy, a private, prioritized space for pumping, and allow adequate time for their employees to nurse or express milk.
Follow the steps below – find many templates and resources to guide you.
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The self-assessment tool is intended to assess the current state of your organization and identify areas for improvement.
If your self-assessment* results indicate that you meet the qualifications to apply, please skip to Step 4 below.
*A copy of your final assessment must be submitted with your recognition application.
Utilize your self-assessment results to identify action steps for achieving Lactation Friendly Workplace recognition. Consider using this tool to support your discussion. Note: this link will download a word document to your computer/device.
This is for your internal use only. You do not have to submit.
Utilize these tools to create a lactation policy* and lactation space(s)*: FAQ, Policy Templates, Lactation Space Ideas, Other Resources (Colorado Law, Signage, Benefits, etc.)
If your organization has multiple locations, utilize the lactation space survey to assess the needs of all sites.
*Photos of your lactation space and a copy of your policy must be submitted with your recognition application.
This template can be used as a guide in developing a Communications Plan*.
*A copy of your communications plan must be submitted with your recognition application.
Review the Evidence Guide to ensure that you qualify in all three recognition categories (policy, time, and space) outlined in Step 3. Your lactation policy must include all required elements. If your initial self-assessment did not qualify you for recognition, please re-take the Self-Assessment* (Step 1 above).
This application requires an upload of your: