Breastfeeding is Smart Business - DHS 4378

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State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Breastfeeding is Smart Business

Learn how your business can benefit from supporting breastfeeding employees!

Illinois Breastfeeding Laws

The Right to Breastfeed Act

 A mother may breastfeed in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.

Pregnancy Accommodation Act

Illinois employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who are pregnant or have recently given birth.

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Federal Breastfeeding Laws

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

All employers in the United States are required by federal law to provide nonexempt (hourly) employees the following:

  • Reasonable, unpaid break time to express milk for infants up to one year after birth.
  • A private place, other than a bathroom, where employees can express milk.

Breastfeeding is Good for Mom, Baby, and Business!

How Breastfeeding Can Benefit Your Business:

  • Lowers medical care costs and health insurance claims
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Lowers turnover and reduces training costs
  • Improves productivity
  • Increases employee morale and loyalty to the company
  • Creates a positive image for your business
  • Employee recruitment incentive

How Your Business Can Support Breastfeeding

1. Create a supportive environment that helps breastfeeding employees feel confident.

2. Allow for flexible breaks and work schedules for nursing employees.

3. Provide a lactation room for employees and customers.

4. Help prepare women for balancing breastfeeding with their job responsibilities by offering educational resources.

5. Write a Breastfeeding Policy for your unique business.

MOTHERS are the fastest-growing group in the U.S. labor force.

"Breastfeeding is Smart Business" Award Program

Businesses who have established policies that support breastfeeding families by providing supportive services for working breastfeeding mothers can receive the "Breastfeeding is Smart Business" Award.

Businesses that participate will be awarded a certificate based on their level of breastfeeding friendliness.

Worksites can be nominated by a member of the public, Regional Task Force or employees of a given business.

Additional information, applications, and guidelines can be found at:

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Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

DHS 4378 (N-05-16) Breastfeeding is Smart Business Printed by the Authority of the State of Illinois.  2500 copies PO#16-1341