Making It Work Tool Kit for North Carolina

The Making It Work Tool Kit is set of downloadable resources to help breastfeeding mothers return to work. It is designed to provide assistance to breastfeeding mothers, their employers and their families.


For Moms

Planning starts during pregnancy with a Lactation Work Plan, preparing during maternity leave and getting ready to return to work.  This section contains valuable information on how to talk with your supervisor, coworkers and child care providers.  Resources also include information on storing and handling breast milk, checklists and special tips for success. Sample schedules and food ideas help round out this section.​

For Family Members

Support from family is critical to success.  This section explains the important role grandparents and partners play while dispelling myths that might be held by others. How to give practical support and care for a breastfed baby is included in this section. 

  • How to support mom’s journey to breastfeed


For Employers

Breastfeeding is good for business, no matter what type of setting.  This section will discuss the benefits and assist employers in complying with state and federal laws.  It also explains the basic needs of employees, common sense solutions, resources, and FAQs.  A helpful Checklist for Employers is included in this section to assist supervisors plan for employee requests for lactation accommodation.


Other Materials

This final section has sample letters and policies for easy downloading and use.



This tool kit was adapted by North Carolina with permission from the New York State Department of Health

“ My advice to other companies is that this [providing accommodations for

breastfeeding moms at work] is much easier than you think it is. There’s no question that healthier employees are more productive. This is just the right thing to do.”

— Human Resources Director, Manufacturing Company

© 2020 by North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition

IMPORTANT: The content of the NCBC site, such as text, graphics, images, and other material are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, certified lactation consultant, or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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