New government website offers employers creative workplace solutions for nursing moms

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three of four women start off breastfeeding soon after giving birth, but there is a steep decline in numbers by six months and even steeper decline of children being breastfed by the age of one. Going back to work is a common barrier for mothers, who have to balance (and master) nurturing their child and making a living. Many employers do not have supportive policies or suitable pumping spaces in place.

However, a new government website seeks to address that. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health introduced WomensHealth.gov, a website offering online resources about breastfeeding while working. The site was developed in conjunction with the Society for Human Resource Management.

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to provide new mothers with time and a private place to pump and breastfeed during work hours. The website was developed as a resource to assist businesses in implementing this law.

Nancy C. Lee, M.D., director of the Office on Women’s Health, stated in a press release “We know that many employers want to support their employees, not just because it’s required, but because it’s the right thing to do.”

The site features 28 videos of “creative solutions” employers can use to ensure they’re giving nursing mothers the time and space (other than the bathroom) they need to provide their baby with their nutritional needs.