There are so many names for this space and how it can be used but what is it? Why is it needed? And what is needed to set one up? These spaces can support multiple women or one at a time. When you no longer have a nursing mother it can serve to support the wellness needs of your other employees.
I’ll break it down for you so you can have a better understanding of this type of space and if need be, set one up today.
What is it?
- Legally according to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) it is a clean private space that is not a bathroom for a woman to pump in.
Why is it needed?
- A mom who is nursing her baby physically needs to pump every few hours for a number of reasons.
- By doing so it keeps her supply up so she can keep feeding her baby.
- She physically needs to. It gets painfully uncomfortable when a mother is away from her baby or cannot pump regularly, which can lead to health issues for the mother.
What needs to be in the space?
- At its very simplest:
- A table and chair with access to an outlet.
- Lock or sign to keep the room private.
- Easy access to a sink for the mom to rinse the parts from a nearby kitchen or bathroom is helpful.
What are the benefits to your business?
- Lower employee turnover.
- Lower heath care costs and sick days as breastfed babies tend to be healthier. This affects moms and dads.
- Builds loyalty by showing appreciation and valuing your employee’s personal goals.
- Low cost high return. Typically businesses see an ROI of $3 for every $1 invested.
- Women who can pump at work tend to be more efficient with their work projects.
- Helps with recruitment of new talent.
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