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Lactation Program Policy

Purpose

In accordance with the Office of Personnel Management family-friendly workplace policy and the Center values of balance and respect, this document defines policy for Goddard's Workplace Lactation Program and establishes guidelines for creating and maintaining lactation rooms on Center.

Background

President Clinton's June 21, 1996 memorandum on a family friendly workplace states: "Whenever the Federal Government establishes a goal of providing...an environment supportive to families, the result is greater cost efficiency, increased worker commitment and productivity, better customer service, and improved family life."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and other sources recommend that mothers nurse their newborn babies for at least one year. Breast-feeding has been demonstrated to benefit the health of both babies and mothers, which ultimately results in less time missed from work.

In the last several years, an increasing number of Goddard's women have desired to continue nursing after they return to the office from maternity leave. However, no space has been dedicated to this purpose. Women have had to search for adequate facilities that allow a private and comfortable environment on a case by case basis. Ideally, each building would offer such a facility so women do not have to be exposed to inclement weather immediately prior to pumping. Additionally, the stress of rushing to avoid an awkward situation can slow milk production.

Guidelines: These guidelines are consistent with those outlined with the OPM guidance on Workplace Lactation Programs:

    Eligibility: Signed agreement of usage (Adobe) that includes familiarity with the Workplace Lactation policy; and commitment to adherence to the ground-rules for use of the rooms and pumps; and a waiver of liability.

    Failure to adhere to the agreement will result in dismissal from the program and possible disciplinary action.

    Space: A room that provides privacy is critical. The room should be large enough to contain an end table and two chairs and small refrigerator. In addition the room should have at least two electrical outlets:  one for the pump and the other for the refrigerator.

    Proximity: Lactation rooms should be located near existing plumbing and in a readily accessible site (preferably near a building entrance).

    Furniture: Small table, two chairs, sink (or proximity to), and a trash can. A small refrigerator may be available at some cites.

    Breast Pump: Hospital grade pumps should be purchased for multi-user units in order to assure durability and sanitation. In some cases, a mother may decide to use her own pump, if that is her personal preference.

    Supplies: Anti-bacterial soap (to clean equipment), paper towels, and a bulletin board (for sharing information related to concerns of nursing mothers).

    Security: The door should be kept locked. Access needs to be limited to nursing mothers and cleaning personnel. This can be accomplished through distribution of keys or a combination lock (changed periodically). Women who want to use the facility will request access in writing, so the Program Manager can make track and evaluate usage. Once the woman no longer needs to use the facility, she will return her key to or notify the SuperMom so that the combination can be changed.

    Priority: The establishment of Center lactation rooms will be by an algorithm that recognizes the population by building by women of child-bearing age and actual numbers of nursing mothers and the proximity to similar women in other buildings. The population algorithm will be revised annually.

    Funding: The mods and rehabs associated with these facilities and with the purchase/rental of hospital grade pumps will be funded through the Quality of Work Life (QWL) program. Custodial fees are not expected to increase.

    Points of Contact: Each building will have a resident point of contact (SuperMom) to expedite room scheduling and coordination with the Health Unit. To ensure uniform training in use of the facilities and pumps as well as controlled access to the space, the Health Unit in conjunction with the Program Manager will train new SuperMoms. To ensure compatibility with OSHA requirements, the Code 205 will provide industrial hygiene surveillance.

    Program Manager: The collateral duty position will develop and coordinate program procedures and serve a resource for the SuperMoms.

For more information on the Workplace Lactation Program, you can contact the Program Coordinator, Danielle B. Tolbert at 301-286-9165.


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