5 Lactation Room Fails (And How To Avoid Them) 

For new moms returning to work, there may be no greater intersection between their personal lives and their professional identities than pumping breast milk.  Breastfeeding women need both time and a clean private space to plug in a breast pump. In addition, they need to pump multiple times a day on a regular schedule to maintain their milk supply and avoid painful engorgement. But expressing milk at work can make for uncomfortable situations when lactation rooms aren’t specifically designed around the physical and physiological needs of breast pumping. If your goal is to provide thoughtful user-centered lactation spaces for working mothers, you’ll want to avoid these five common mistakes.

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How To Provide a Lactation Room When You Have No Space

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to provide a secure and private lactation room for breastfeeding employees who need to pump at work. For many businesses, however, finding an appropriate free space or building out a whole new room can be difficult. In addition, effective lactation space design needs to address three core areas: legislation, user experience, and available space. If you have a small office space, budget constraints, or need a lactation space that will serve multiple moms simultaneously, here are three aspects of design to keep in mind.

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The Top 4 FAQs About Lactation Spaces


Ovia Health’s “Motherhood in America” reports that 70% of working mothers want better breastfeeding support in their workplace. For companies that employ women, this should be a wake-up call: workplaces need to do more to support working mothers. San Francisco is the first city in the nation to require all employers to have a clear lactation accommodation policy and a clean private space to express milk. Make sure you’re in compliance and save time and energy down the road by supporting breastfeeding employees from the start.

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Designing the Open Office: 3 Spaces You Shouldn’t Forget

Workplace environments are changing rapidly in our ever-connected digital era and that’s a good thing. Gone are the days of anonymous cubicles, rigid environments, and brief pleasantries exchanged over the water cooler. Today’s employees want a workplace that supports creativity and collaboration, as well as their overall wellbeing. Just as the strict boundaries between work life and home life are increasingly fluid, so too are the physical spaces we work in. Forward-thinking office design ensures physical spaces that both reflect and reinforce a company’s culture, mission, and values.

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Build Vs. Buy: Lactation Spaces For Arenas and Stadiums

 

Fans are moms too, and they need your full support.

More and more women are self-identifying as sports fans and they're buying game tickets, following scores, and sharing stats on social media. And many of these women are new moms who need a dedicated lactation space. Make your arena, ballpark or stadium provides a comfortable experience for all of your guests. Here are 7 things to consider when it comes to creating a lactation room.  

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Here Come The Moms: Why Stadiums Need to Support All Fans

Sports are big in the U.S. with almost six out of 10 Americans identifying as a sports fan. If you’re assuming that all of these sports fans are men, think again. In a 2015 Gallup poll, 66% of men reported being a sports fan, but so did 51% of women.  Thanks to Title IX, the second generation of women athletes and fans is now here, and they’re buying tickets, watching games, and sharing scores on social media more than any other time in history. But are sports stadiums ready for them?

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Designing the Optimal Military Lactation Room

So you've been tasked with providing your lactating employees a space to pump or breastfeed privately. No problem - with the integration of a few key features into a private space, we'll help you solve the matter in no time.

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Lactation Spaces For Military Mothers

Women first joined the U.S. military 100 years ago. Now there are over 200,000 women in active-duty and many are moms. 

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Lactation Spaces in Schools: Myth vs. Fact

Debunking Old School Ideas About School Lactation Spaces

Essential considerations for educational leaders, administrators, and facility managers when planning lactation accommodations for breastfeeding employees.

What’s stopping schools, colleges, and universities from providing dedicated lactation spaces for their breastfeeding faculty and staff to pump breast milk? Often the obstacles and effort can seem too big to overcome, when in fact outdated perceptions are actually the biggest barrier.

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4 Ways To Make The Workplace Inclusive For Breastfeeding Moms

Inclusivity is an important goal for HR experts in today's workplace. The traditional assumption that white able-bodied men are the "norm" for employees will (hopefully) soon be a relic of a bygone era. Yet too many workplaces are still not supporting breastfeeding women when they go back to work. And now that women make up more than 50% of the workforce, it's time to make room for them. 

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