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Welcome to Workplace Lactation Week 2023 - Theme: Preparing for the PUMP Act!

Welcome to Workplace Lactation Week, a dedicated week celebrated in conjunction with National Breastfeeding Month, with a special focus on working and pumping. The 2023 theme is "Preparing for the PUMP Act." This themed week serves as an invaluable resource for leaders, parents, and businesses, providing essential information, resources, and best practices to promote a lactation-friendly work environment.

The 2023 Theme: Preparing for the PUMP Act

The theme for Workplace Lactation Week 2023 is "Preparing for the PUMP Act." The PUMP (Providing Urgent Maternal Protections) Act is an important federal law aimed at enhancing workplace lactation support for nursing mothers and parents. This year's celebration focuses on raising awareness about PUMP Act provisions and preparing organizations to comply with the PUMP Act's requirements.

Workplace Lactation Week: September 1-7 Every Year

Workplace Lactation Week is observed annually from September 1st to September 7th. This significant week not only celebrates the contributions of nursing mothers and parents in the workplace but also aligns with Labor Day, highlighting the vital role working and pumping parents play in the workforce. It's a time to recognize and support the efforts of working parents who balance the responsibilities of their careers and caring for their children.

Why Workplace Lactation Support Matters

Supporting nursing mothers at work goes beyond basic compliance; it fosters a workplace culture that values employees' well-being and recognizes the critical role of chest/breastfeeding. Here's why workplace lactation support matters:

  1. Health and Well-being: Chest/breastfeeding offers unparalleled health benefits for babies, enhancing their immunity and overall development. For mothers, lactating reduces the risk of various health conditions such as ovarian, breast, and thyroid cancers, and promotes postpartum recovery.
  2. Employee Retention and Satisfaction: Providing lactation support demonstrates care and commitment to employees, leading to higher job satisfaction and improved retention rates.
  3. Increased Productivity: When nursing mothers and parents have access to comfortable and designated lactation spaces, they can express human milk efficiently and return to work with increased focus and productivity.
  4. Legal Compliance: Complying with lactation support laws not only avoids penalties but also reinforces a company's commitment to ethical practices and inclusive family friendly policies.

Explore Workplace Lactation Week Resources

Understanding the PUMP Act: Dive into the provisions of the PUMP Act and gain insights into how it will impact workplace lactation support. Prepare your organization for compliance. PUMP Act resources:

PUMP Act Blog

DOL’s FAQ – Pumping Breastmilk at Work

PUMP Act (scroll to “Division KK”)

PUMP Act Implementation Resources

Know Your Rights, PUMP & PWFA

Implement a Solution or Implement Lactation Room Servicing™

Designing Lactation Spaces: Learn how to set up comfortable, hygienic, and private lactation rooms equipped with essential amenitiesfor nursing mothers and parents.

Supportive Workplace Culture: Explore strategies to foster a supportive and respectful workplace culture, where nursing mothers feel empowered and valued.

Laws and Compliance: Stay informed about the legal requirements and obligations surrounding workplace lactation support under the PUMP Act, state, and municipal laws.

Educational Workshops: Attend workshops and seminars to deepen your understanding of the significance of chest/breastfeeding support and its positive impact on your organization.

Engaging Community Partners

Collaborate with Experts: Partner with workplace lactation experts, breastfeeding organizations, and government organizations to enhance your network and support parents at work.

Community Events: Join our community events, where nursing mothers, parents, leaders, and businesses can connect, share experiences, and inspire each other to support working parents.

Measuring Impact

Feedback and Surveys: Engage with participants and gather feedback to assess the effectiveness and impact of your workplace lactation support programs and readiness for new legislation like the PUMP Act.

Tracking Progress: Monitor absenteeism rates, employee satisfaction, and retention data to measure the positive impact of lactation support on your organization. The “Business Case for Breastfeeding” is a great example of the positive impact supporting pumping parents has on the bottom line.

Let's Celebrate Workplace Lactation Week 2023 Together!

Join us during Workplace Lactation Week 2023 in celebrating the remarkable contributions of nursing mothers and parents in the workplace and comply with the PUMP Act. Together, we can create a nurturing and supportive environment that empowers working parents, boosts employee well-being, and sets the stage for a thriving and inclusive workplace.

Happy Workplace Lactation Week 2023!

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