First-of-Its-Kind Program Aims to Reduce Primary Barrier to Breastfeeding for Hourly and Lower-Wage Working Mothers
Corporate Voices for Working Families, Abbott Nutrition, and Working Mother Media Launch Program to Support Breastfeeding in the Workplace
“It’s clear that workplace lactation programs benefit employers. When women breastfeed, babies and mothers may be healthier, they may miss less work-time and employee satisfaction and productivity can increase,”
A key component of the initiative – Workplace Lactation Programs: Good for Working Families. Good for Business.(TM) – is a workplace lactation toolkit that provides instructions, tips and template materials. Important elements of the program include recommendations for employers on how to support employees with breastfed babies, guides for working mothers who breastfeed, and sample promotional materials to alert employees to the resources provided by the program.
“Breastfeeding is the gold standard for infant nutrition but for many lower wage moms returning to work is a barrier to extended breastfeeding,” said Dr.
Details on the Toolkit to Support Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Workplace Lactation Programs: Good for Working Families. Good for Business.(TM), available on the Corporate Voices for Working Families website at www.cvworkingfamilies.org, is designed to help front-line managers implement lactation programs and educate hourly and lower-wage employees on how they can make a choice in infant nutrition. Material contained in the toolkit is available in both English and Spanish. The workplace lactation program will be distributed throughout the business community and to healthcare organizations, community groups and government agencies.
The Workplace Lactation toolkit was developed in consultation with a select group of member companies and healthcare professionals, including: Ceridian; CVS Caremark; IBM Corporation; ICF International, Inc.; Knowledge Learning Corporation; LifeCare; Marriott International, Inc.; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.; and The TJX Companies, Inc.
About Program Sponsors
Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization representing the private sector on public policy issues involving working families. We aim to improve the lives of working families and the competitiveness of American businesses. Our website: www.cvworkingfamilies.org. Our blog: www.corporatevoices.wordpress.com.
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs more than 68,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. Abbott Nutrition develops and markets a wide range of science-based infant formulas, medical nutritionals, nutrition and energy bars, and related products to support the growth, health and wellness of people of all ages. News releases and other information are available on the company’s Web sites at www.abbott.com and www.abbottnutrition.com.
Working Mother Media is a division of Bonnier Corporation and includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress, and the Multicultural Women’s Conference and Town Halls. Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Its 23-year signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. Working Mother Media’s mission is to champion cultural change. For more information, please visit www.workingmother.com.
- Corporate Voices for Working Families
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- Abbott Nutrition Commitment to Breastfeeding and Optimal Infant Nutrition
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Press Contacts Rob Jewell Corporate Voices for Working Families (330) 631-9298 firstname.lastname@example.org Carolyn Valek Abbott Nutrition (614) 624-7485 Sarah Hawes The Rosen Group for Working Mother Media (646) 695-7050 email@example.com
SOURCE Corporate Voices for Working Families