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Developing a Worksite Lactation Program

Click, Elizabeth R. ND, RN, CLE

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September-October 2006 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p 313–317
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This article describes the literature about worksite lactation programs and how such a service might be established to enhance breastfeeding success and lead to healthful outcomes for the mother and the baby. Because studies have demonstrated consistently that breastfeeding is associated with lower rates of infant illness, and that full-time maternal employment decreases breastfeeding duration, establishing an onsite lactation program within a corporation or organization could assist employees in maintaining ideal nutrition for their infants. Net gains for the organization, such as decreased absenteeism and fewer healthcare benefit claims can occur. The author suggests that the establishment of such a program by a nurse can be a successful nursing intervention.

Here's an opportunity for a nurse entrepreneur to initiate a lactation support/education program for industry. Dr. Click gives you the essentials.

Elizabeth R. Click is an Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

She can be reached via e-mail at elizabeth.click@case.edu.

The author receives no financial compensation from the companies mentioned in this article.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.