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August 2, 2013

HR Fact Friday – August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week

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August 1 through 7 is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). The observance highlights the importance of breastfeeding and offers advice on how families, community organizations, and employers can support nursing mothers.

As described on worldbreastfeedingweek.org, employed nursing mothers face a number of challenges at work. The opportunities for support are as varied as the work women do, but usually involve facilitating mother-baby contact or expression and storage of breast milk.

To help employers understand what they are required to provide nursing mothers, as well as tips on setting up a breastfeeding-friendly environment, refer to the links below supplied by HR.BLR.com.

Creating a breastfeeding-friendly environment not difficult for employers, says expert—This Q&A covers topics including privacy, amenities for nursing mothers, and how to get upper management support.
FLSA and nursing mothers at work: Are you providing space for lactation breaks?—The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) now requires employers to provide adequate private space for nursing mothers to express breast milk at work. Here’s what employers need to know. For more on this topic, read:

FLSA law now protects ‘lactation breaks’

Advice for employers required to provide lactation breaks

Source: HR.BLR.com

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