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Making it Work: Improving Worksite Support for Breastfeeding Mothers

Two webinars originally presented on
December 15, 2016 and January 12, 2017

Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA
Every Mother, Inc

Mothers who wish to successfully breastfeed their babies need a lot of support, particularly those who need to go back to work while they continue to breastfeed. Women are more likely to continue breastfeeding when their employer has supportive policies and practices in place, but research shows that many employers are unsure of the basic requirements and laws to enable them to support their working moms. In order to help improve worksite support for breastfeeding mothers, this webinar series will feature nationally-recognized speaker, Cathy Carothers, who will discuss strategies for empowering and assisting moms when they return to work and engaging and assisting worksites to be more breastfeeding friendly.  Cathy will provide an overview of the rationale for supporting breastfeeding mothers in the workplace, discuss the New York State and federal laws and regulations related to breastfeeding in the workplace, and review the national model program, The Business Case for Breastfeeding and other national and state resources.

  • Webinar #1 – originally presented on December 15, 2016
    Focus: Assisting and Empowering Mothers

  • Webinar #2 – Originally presented on January 12, 2017
    Focus: Engaging and Assisting Employers

Learning Objectives
After watching these programs participants will be able to:

Webinar 1: Assisting and Empowering Mothers

  • Identify at least two ways to help breastfeeding moms prepare for their return to work;
  • List at least two solutions for facilitating worksite support for moms; and
  • Describe strategies for empowering breastfeeding moms to approach employers for breastfeeding support at work.

Webinar 2: Engaging and Assisting Employers

  • Recognize at least three key components of the "business case for breastfeeding support";
  • Describe outreach strategies for approaching employers; and
  • Name at least three potential solutions for facilitating worksite breastfeeding support in office and non-office settings.

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 Credits

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 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until January 31, 2020.

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 3.0 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

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 3.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. (1.5 per webinar) Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2020.