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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

CHASP Colloquia Series: Perspectives and Best Practices in Worksite Lactation Support

Event Details

Thursday, October 13, 2011
LBJ School, Bass Auditorium
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

RSVP: robin.pearson@austin.utexas.edu or 232-3423

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) received a competitive grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Policy Initiative (MFWPI) to facilitate the development and implementation of best-practice worksite policies that support breastfeeding statewide. The initiative has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a "high performing grantee." Worksite lactation support is an important component in wellness, obesity prevention and children's nutrition and is a state and national public health priority. In face, employers must, by law, provide breastfeeding employees with "reasonable break time" and a private, non-bathroom setting to express breast milk during the workday.

The mission of the MFWPI is to provide guidance, tools, and support for worksites to assess, develop, implement and evaluate lactation support policies, programs, and environments for their worksites that are responsive to the needs of breastfeeding employees and their families, feasible and sustainable for employers, and beneficial for the health of Texans.

Please join us for a panel discussion about the benefits of workplace lactation support and best practices for businesses in Texas.

This event is part of an October focus on breastfeeding policy. CHASP is hosting this colloquium and other events in collaboration with DSHS and the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition.

More

Read about our CHASP Reel Policy feature film, Latching On: The Politics of Breastfeeding in America.

Find out about the CHASP/DSHS internship with the Mother-Friendly Worksite Program.

Read the CHASP Primer, "Breastfeeding and Public Policy"

Download the Presentation The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Policy Initiative and Best Practices for Worksite Lactation Support