Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2015

Breastfeeding and the Workplace: Success Takes a Team

Originally presented on August 6, 2015

Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA
Co-Director, Every Mother, Inc.

Ruth Lawrence, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Federal and state laws require employers to support breastfeeding women in the workplace. Research shows that employers want to support employees who are breastfeeding, yet are often unsure of the basic requirements for supporting breastfeeding mothers.  Evidence shows that women are more likely to continue breastfeeding when their employer has supportive policies and practices in place.  In addition to employers, breastfeeding mothers need support from family members, child care and health care providers.

The 2015 Breastfeeding Grand Rounds will feature nationally recognized speakers, Cathy Carothers, co-director of Every Mother, Inc. and Dr. Ruth Lawrence, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  The speakers will discuss the importance of supporting breastfeeding mothers and the challenges mothers and employers face in doing so. New York State and federal laws and regulations will be reviewed. Strategies and creative solutions to comply with state and federal regulations will be featured. Speakers will share available resources and discuss the impact that child care and health care provider support has on breastfeeding success for working mothers.

Viewers will also learn about the breastfeeding friendly designation program for child care centers in New York State and hear directly from employers, mothers and child care providers.

Target Audience
New York State WIC local agency staff, breastfeeding peer counselors, management staff, breastfeeding coordinators, dietitians, health care professionals, support staff, child care providers, employers, and human resource professionals.

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the federal and NY State laws that support breastfeeding mothers in the workplace;
  2. Identify at least 3 steps that providers (physicians, nurses, child care providers, WIC, etc.) can take to support a mother’s breastfeeding in the workplace;
  3. List at least 3 employer solutions for supporting breastfeeding mothers working in non-office settings;
  4. Name at least 3 resources to facilitate and strengthen supportive practices that enable women to breastfeed successfully after returning to work.

Federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and the New York State Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Continuing Education Credits/Contact Hours for this activity expired on August 31, 2018.