Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
Ozaukee County announces the launching of a lactation support program for breastfeeding women who wish to continue providing their milk for their infants after they return from maternity leave.
The lactation support program is part of the company’s wellness program initiative and was developed following The Business Case for Breastfeeding Toolkit. The program includes:
- A designated safe, private area for expressing milk during work hours. Three lactation rooms are available for employees to use:
- Administrative Building: Ground level, adjacent to the women’s restroom
- Justice Center: Sheriff’s office, ground level near locker rooms, Room 10.
- Lasata Campus: In the West Care Center basement across from the activities office. Room 113.
- Education resources, breastfeeding websites, local breastfeeding support groups
- Access to a lactation consultant for assistance while breastfeeding through the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department/WIC http://www.washozwi.gov/ 262-284-8170
Research shows that support breastfeeding employees is a WIN-WIN for everyone. Breastfeeding is recommended by all major medical organizations as an optimal way to feed infants because of its significant health advantages. Breastfeeding is also healthier for mothers by contributing to lower rates of breast cancer and improving recovery from pregnancy. This all translates into positive benefits for companies, including lower health care costs and lower absenteeism.
Ozaukee County Break time for Nursing Mother’s Policy
A breastfeeding employee shall be provided a flexible schedule for breastfeeding or pumping to provide breast milk for her child. The time would not exceed normal time allowed for lunch and breaks. For the time above and beyond normal lunch and breaks, sick/annual leave time must be used, or the employee can use flextime with prior approval from the Department Head.
Fact Sheet #73: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs73.pdfFMLA
Wisconsin State Statute 253.165
Right to breast-feed. A mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breast-feeding her child, direct a mother to move to a different location to breast-feed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breast-feeding her child as provided in this section.
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