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The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the HHS Office on Women’s Health. Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is a partner in this national initiative

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The Kansas Business Case for Breastfeeding is here to support your efforts in becoming a family-friendly workplace. We are here to help you:

  • Identify suitable space(s) and manage break time for breastfeeding employees

  • Adopt or review written HR policies

  • Educate supervisors & co-worker

  • ... and more - ALL AT NO CHARGE!

Want to learn more?

30-minute webinar covering compliance with the federal law and basic worksite solutions for supporting breastfeeding employees

50-minute webinar with more detailed information on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and federal law

Help co-workers and supervisors get on board!

Let's Give Her a Break (poster) download
Let's Give Her a Break  for schools  (poster) download

Help spread the word about federal protections for  breastfeeding employees by sharing or displaying these posters from @USDOL

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NEW Resource for Universities and Colleges - Toolkit for download

Doorhanger - makes any space a lactation room! - FREE, email to order

Women with infants and children below age three are the fastest growing segment of today’s labor force. At least 58% of women who are employed when they become pregnant return to the labor force by the time their child is three months old.

Women who wish to continue nursing after returning to work need the support of their employer. Their needs are simple: availability of dependable efficient breast pumps; a convenient, safe, private and comfortable location at the worksite; and the opportunity to pump two or three times during the work day.

Employer support of breastfeeding can provide many benefits to businesses
such as:

  • Cost savings of $3 per $1 invested in nursing employee support
  • Less illness among the breastfed children of employees
  • Reduced absenteeism to care for ill children
  • Lower health care costs
  • Improved employee productivity
  • Higher morale and greater employee loyalty
  • Improved ability to attract and retain valuable employees
  • Family-friendly image in the community

Developing a breastfeeding support program including company policies that support nursing, flexible scheduling options, and sufficient break times to nurse or express milk on the job in a safe, clean environment will allow both employers and employees to benefit from this collaboration.

No Matter What the Job, There is a Space!


Worksite or Job

Suggested Pumping Locations

Retail sales, mall store, fast food 

Small storage closets or utility closets with a light, manager’s offices, storage areas, shared space used by various tenant businesses in a mall, changing rooms


Airline lounge, little used offices and storage areas, sectioned off corner of a room with either permanent walls or portable partitions


Manager’s office, some mothers work a split shift to avoid having to pump and return home to breastfeed the baby directly during slow work times

Transportation workers

May find pumping areas in stations along their route or in municipal buildings along their route

Law enforcement officers

Municipal buildings may provide spaces for pumping

Emergency medical technicians

May find pumping accommodations in local hospitals or the back of an unused ambulance


Partitioned off sections of locker rooms, pilots and flight crew may pump in on-board crew quarters

Hospital workers, physicians, nurses, administrators

Dedicated lactation room, maternity unit unused rooms, closets, offices, conference rooms

Migrant workers, field workers, agricultural workers

Portable tents set up in the fields or under trees to provide shade; battery operated pumps, pedal pumps, or hand pumps can be available in each tent

Assembly line, factory workers

Dedicated room close to worker locations, sectioned off corner of a locker room, administrative offices, conference rooms, sectioned off corner of little used areas on a manufacturing floor


Unused office of a speech pathologist, school psychologist, or guidance counselor; nurse’s office or dispensary; mother’s car; unused music or art room

(From the Massachusettes Breastfeeding Coalition)


NEW Webinars for employers:

Worksite Lactation Support, a overview 30-minute webinar
Implementing Worksite Lactation Law,, a 50-minute webinar covering federal laws on this issue as well as financial benefits to businesses.