The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a comprehensive program developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources, and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the HHS Office on Women's Health. The initiative is designed to educate employers about the value of supporting nursing employees in the workplace. The program highlights how such support contributes to the success of the entire business. The Business Case offers several tools to help employers provide worksite lactation support and privacy for breastfeeding mothers to express milk. The program also offers guidance to employees on breastfeeding and working. Resources to help lactation specialists and health professionals to educate employers in their communities are also available.


Business Case for Breastfeeding Literature

For Business Managers

This brochure provides business executives and managers, as well as human resource managers, facts and case studies about how supporting breastfeeding employees contributes to their company's return on investment (ROI).

Easy Steps to Supporting Breastfeeding Employees

This booklet provides human resource managers and other members of your wellness team with an integrated approach to implementing a cost-effective lactation support program. This turnkey method is ready to operate with straightforward planning options and proven strategies.

Toolkit: Resources for Building a Lactation Support Program

This lactation support kit provides template tools that can be personalized to fit the unique needs of your company. Use them along with your Easy Steps to Supporting Breastfeeding Employees booklet to implement your lactation support program.

Employee's Guide to Breastfeeding and Working

Congratulation on making the health choice to breastfeed your baby! Mothers everywhere have found that they can continue to give their babies important health benefits even after they return to work. This booklet will help you take those first steps back to working life.

Outreach Marketing Guide

This guide serves as a companion to the employer kit, For Business Managers. It is designed for lactation and health professionals to assist in conducting effective outreach with employers in your community.

The Outreach Marketing Guide Resources includes:

  • Template promotional letters to employers
  • Sample letter from employee's physician to employer
  • Sample legislative language
  • Lesson plans to prenatal and postpartum worksite classes
  • Class outline
  • My breastfeeding and working plan


Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions

This online resource from the HHS Office on Women's Health provides businesses with cost-effective tips and solutions for any industry setting. Search by industry to see how businesses like yours have made it work, or search by solutions to find creative options for time and space that might work for you.

Industry Solutions

These resources include basic language of the federal law, bottom-line benefits for supporting nursing mothers at work, and practical solutions for various industries.