New Moms’ Rooms
Did you know that companies with 50 or more employees are required by law to provide New Mom Rooms (lactation rooms) where new moms can express breast milk for her nursing child for up to one year after the child’s birth?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies receive nothing but breastmilk during the first 6 months of life and continue receiving breastmilk for at least their first year. Ultimately, how a woman chooses to feed her baby is a personal choice. But when a mom returns to work while continuing to feed her baby breastmilk, Maritz wants to provide any reasonable support necessary to make it a comfortable process for our new moms.
The Maritz Fenton campus has five New Mom Rooms located in the . . .
1355 building – 2 rooms located behind the US Bank area
1375 building – 1 room located on the 4th floor
Our Fenton Facilities Department has recently done work (i.e., new furniture, lighting, artwork, etc.) in these New Mom Rooms to make them an even better place for our new moms.
In the absence of private offices that lock from inside the room, our larger Maritz offices should also have one or more designated New Mom Rooms.
At a minimum, the room should have comfortable seating for the mom, a flat surface (table) for the breast pump, an electrical outlet, window covers (if necessary) and a lock that can operated from within the room.
And, very importantly, the room should be clean.
Think about it – breast milk is food for a mom’s most precious asset. That’s why the law specifically says that moms should not have to express milk in a restroom.
Although not required by law, nearby access to running water where the mom can clean the breast pump is a bonus.
Breast milk does need to be kept cold. Storage preferences vary from mom to mom. Some moms prefer to keep the breast milk in a cool pack, away from the storage of other cold food items. But, other moms are comfortable storing breast milk in a sealed container in the office refrigerator. Remember, it’s food and moms have a right to store it in the office refrigerator – just like the guy down the hall stores his stinky cheese in the refrigerator :-) Of course, posted refrigerator cleaning rules (i.e., no food left in the refrigerator over the weekend) apply to breast milk too.
During a typical 8-hour day, breast feeding moms need to pump breast milk two to three times a day. It’s not okay when one of our moms comes to the designated lactation room and discovers that a co-worker has taken over the room to make a private phone call. Please refrain from using our designated New Mom Rooms for other purposes, including storing extra equipment, files, furniture etc. The room needs to be “free from intrusion,” by co-workers AND unrelated objects.
Enabling and facilitating a nursing mom’s return to work benefits everyone – Maritz, our clients, the new mom and most importantly the new baby.
If you have questions about this topic, please reach out to the Employee Benefits Department at www.HRCommunications or your HR representative.