From Policy to Practice: Women’s Experiences of Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites, Part 1



Breastfeeding-friendly worksites are associated with longer breastfeeding durations, yet currently there is a dearth of research exploring women’s experiences of workplace-based wellness programs designed to support continued lactation.


Using semi-structured interviews with a voluntary sample of participants from one rural New England town (N = 18), we examined women’s experiences of returning to work at worksites with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) “breastfeeding-friendly” designation.


Five key themes emerged from participants’ narratives; three policy and workplace climate-related themes are described.


Collectively, findings indicate areas where HSC lactation-support questions might be modified to more precisely identify the psychosocial, structural, and sociocultural needs of breastfeeding employees.

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Cheyney M, Henning M, Horan H, Bovbjerg M, Ferguson M. From policy to practice:  women’s experiences of breastfeeding-friendly worksites, part 1. Clinical Lactation 2019; 10(3): 104-112.