How Can You Set Up a Breastfeeding System?
April 24, 2000 (New York) -- Although 48% of the workforce is female,
according to the Families and Work Institute in New York City, breastfeeding is
not yet a commonly discussed topic at the office. "Breastfeeding in the
workplace is a need," says lactation consultant Rhona Cohen, "but it is
a hidden need." If you'd like your employer to help enable you to continue
breastfeeding, here's what to do:
- Make a decision in advance and share your intention with your boss. When
you are several months away from beginning your maternity leave, tell your
supervisor that you may want to continue breastfeeding after you return to
work. This gives your employer time to locate or reallocate an available room
if she or he is so inclined.
- Speak up. Ask for a space. If you do not have a private office to use, ask
your boss if there is a room with a door that you could use for half an hour,
two or three times a day, depending on the length of your workday.
- Inform your employer that some companies provide lactation support as part
of an employee wellness program that includes the services of a lactation
Eileen Garred is a senior editor at Child magazine. She lives in New
York City and has one daughter.