Normalizing Breastfeeding In The Workplace


Breastfeeding is known as the best source of nutrition for most infants and because of that, many experts recommend that moms breastfeed for at least six months.

But sometimes the daily demands of everyday life and a full time job can cause some mothers to back out, especially if there isn’t much support in the workplace. Kathy Mogle, of the Onondaga County Health Department says that there are ways for mothers to find support at work and the health department is working to improve that.

“It’s an ideal time to remind new moms and future moms that breastfeeding really is the nutritious way to feed their infant.”

The Health Department along with Trinity Health is coordinating with work places within the county to have dedicated places for women to breastfeed. Research shows that women are more likely to stop breastfeeding and nursing because it becomes inconvenient but having a safe and easy place for moms to use, can make all the difference, she adds.

Breastfeeding also has significant benefits for both baby and mom. It can reduce a baby’s risk of asthma and type-2 diabetes. It can also help prevent gastrointestinal issues that may arise during a baby’s first few months. Breastfeeding is also great for moms and can reduce a woman’s risk to developing ovarian cancer.  

These are just a few of the reasons that breastfeeding can be beneficial and Kathy is hopeful that more conversations between women in the workplace can foster a healthy conversation and environment for all moms.

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