Theme: Breastfeeding and Work Let’s Make It Work!
Breastfeeding is natural. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy – especially for working moms.
Research shows that nursing moms who get support to pump at work actually miss less work and are more productive and loyal to their company. Breastfeeding is good for business! The Affordable Care Act requires basic accommodations for nursing moms at work.
WIC supports working and breastfeeding mothers by providing encouragement through Peer Counselor programs; tips on how to talk with your supervisor, co-workers, and child care providers; assistance with obtaining a breast pump and information on proper use; education on breastmilk storage & handling; and information for employers in complying with state and federal laws such as the break time requirement for nursing mothers.
This year, Oneida County Health Department and the Oneida County WIC program will have a special display designed to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National WIC Breastfeeding Week, and to encourage & support breastfeeding moms and their families. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding friendly workplaces and create awareness on working women’s rights to provide breastfeed. Local resources and more information will be available.
Between August 1-7 this year, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and the National WIC Association will be celebrating the WBW theme “BREASTFEEDING AND WORK LET’S MAKE IT WORK!”, highlighting the need for global action to empower and support ALL women to combine breastfeeding with work.
WABA has also created a special Website to coordinate and link people on the theme: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org.