We are excited to officially announce that our efforts to provide support to breastfeeding employees have earned Brainy Kids Place designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite.
What that means is that we have made a commitment to provide support to our employees who breastfeed their infants. This support comes in the form of a written worksite lactation support policy that provides time and a private location, other than a bathroom, for a mother to pump breastmilk, access to a sink and clean water for washing hands and rinsing any equipment, and a hygienic, safe place to store the breastmilk. Of course, many of our employee have their infant on site and are able to nurse their baby directly!
For us, the decision was easy. Many of us at Brainy Kids Place are working parents, so we know how hard that first year with an infant can be. The erratic sleep schedules, late-night feedings, and constant worries about the baby’s health can take their toll. We also know breastfeeding an infant through the baby’s first year is one of the best things you can do for the long-term health of the child as well as that of the mother. Breastmilk promotes sensory and cognitive development and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses.
Many mothers have to choose between working and breastfeeding their child. We didn’t want our employees to have to make that choice. We wanted to make it easy for them to do both, so we took the steps needed to become a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite. We may not be able to offer the yoga classes or in-house laundry services that some companies do, but we can make a commitment to our employees and to the issues that are important to them and their families.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, employers who provide breastfeeding-support programs benefit from lower employee absenteeism due to a sick child, lower employee turnover rates, lower-cost health insurance with fewer claims, higher employee morale and productivity, and an enhanced community image.