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).

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until August 31, 2018. 

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 2 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until August 31, 2018.

Certified Health Education Specialists

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.  This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2 total Category I contact education contact hours.  Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until August 31, 2018.