This week is World Breastfeeding Week and August is National Breastfeeding Month. This year’s theme is “Let’s Make It Work,” an effort to help raise awareness for mothers needing better access to breastfeeding resources in the workplace. In Cincinnati we have much room for improvement.
Allow me to explain. The disparity in breastfeeding statistics across neighborhoods in Hamilton County is staggering. Only 1 in 3 babies get any mother’s milk in one neighborhood, compared to almost every baby in another neighborhood.
One of the largest barriers breastfeeding moms face is returning to the workplace. Part of the new Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom environment for nursing mothers to express breast milk during the workday, for one year after the child’s birth. The Office of Women’s Health has a database of resources available to help mothers and employers navigate this process, whether the mom works in a berry field, a fast food restaurant or an office.... for more information visit