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.
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.
What to consider when breastfeeding and returning to work
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
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.
How to accommodate breastfeeding employees in the workplace
What is required of the Federal Labor Standards Act Worksite Lactation
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