The Mississippi Business Group on Health is partnering with the Mississippi Public Health Institute and the Mississippi State Department of Health on an important worksite initiative that can be a win-win for both your company and employees: becoming a breastfeeding friendly business by establishing a workplace lactation program. Studies have shown a $3 return for every $1 invested in these programs.
Supporting breastfeeding employees is good for business.
Employers who provide a supportive environment to help women continue breastfeeding after childbirth enjoy many proven benefits that directly affect your bottom line. These include:
- Lower health care costs
- Lower turnover rates
- Lower absenteeism rates
- Higher employee productivity and morale
- Positive public relations in the community as a “family friendly” business
Supporting breastfeeding is good for employees and their families.
When an employee returns from maternity leave, she wants to be a productive and profitable employee and a good mother. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies exclusively receive their mother’s milk for the first six months and continue breastfeeding for at least a year or more. Breastfed babies are healthier and have fewer infections and illnesses. Mothers who breastfeed also experience significant health benefits, including lower risk of breast cancer. It’s no wonder that 70 percent of new mothers today choose to breastfeed. Yet many of these mothers are concerned that returning to work will be an obstacle to continuing to breastfeed.
To learn more about the breastfeeding friendly recognition program, complete the program interest form and we will be in touch to help you discuss how easy it is to establish a lactation space. Thank you for your time and consideration of such an important opportunity.