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In the months that I’ve been back at work as a nursing mom, I’ve seen quite a few designated lactation spaces in different companies’ offices. While every room included a chair, a table near the chair and a lock on the door, most of them felt like the individuals creating the space had little appreciation for what goes into pumping at work.
Let me paint you a quick picture:
Sounds easy, right?
The fact is, businesses stand to lose when they don’t support lactation. In contrast, companies that make a small investment in the right space and attitude can increase diversity, reduce healthcare costs and increase productivity while decreasing attrition and costs. As such, a more thoughtfully appointed lactation room shouldn’t be considered a nice-to-have.
Here’s a range of actions businesses can take to create an excellent lactation space, from the low-cost/low-effort to the more luxurious.
To those that make the effort – way to go! And to the pumping working woman – good luck sister!
This article was originally published on Digitally Cognizant and written by Laurie Ehrlich, the Head of Legal Operations at Cognizant.
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