Friday, February 8, 2008

Baby Steps are better than no steps!

AP-story from today’s Tulsa World

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health is encouraging more businesses to support a woman's right to breast-feed at work.

The initiative announced Thursday seeks to recognize businesses that support a woman's right to breast-feed.

Oklahoma law currently allows mothers to express breast milk during unpaid breaks and meal times during the work day.

For worksites to be recognized, they must offer mothers flexible break times, a comfortable, private location for pumping, access to a nearby sink and a written policy supporting breast-feeding.

Businesses can earn a "gold-star" designation by offering such things as access to a refrigerator to store milk and a hospital-grade breast pump available for employees to use.

Doctors recommend exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth and continued breast-feeding for at least one year to achieve optimal health of a mother and her child.

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I am fortunate to work for a Federal agency and have supervisors that have been extremely supportive of breastfeeding and pumping. Hopefully the State will set a good example by implementing policies for their own agencies/offices, and (also hopefully) the Department of Health will actively pursue implementation of this program!

1 comments:

newsanchormom.com said...

Speaking of pumping at work: At one place of employment, I went to put my expressed milk in the refrigerator and there was a note on the door that read, "NO breast milk near our food." Yes, this really happened. And No, nothing was ever done about it. I realized the note had been there all day and I was obivously the target. Then, I was asked to put my bottles of milk in a container that was not clear. Wow! Unbelievable! The milk hadn't spilled or anything. It was crazy. I really hope things change in society!

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