Capital Health introduces new policy to support breastfeeding employees

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 2:02pm

Capital Health promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding anywhere, any time, including at work. Health Canada recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond. Often, this is well past the point that most parents return back to the workforce.

By developing this policy, Capital Health has taken a lead in creating a work environment that supports staff to continue to breastfeed their children after returning to work. Creating this environment supports our vision of healthy people and healthy communities because:  

  • Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to get osteoporosis, ovarian cancer and breast cancer
  • Breastfed children have a lower risk of ear infections, respiratory illness, allergies, diarrhea and vomiting
  • Capital Health staff members who have returned to work and are breastfeeding have indicated having a supportive work environment as being essential to continue breastfeeding 

There are several online resources, material and fact sheets available to staff, managers, colleagues, breastfeeding employees and community to support the Staff Breastfeeding Policy in the workplace.

Supporting breastfeeding in the workplace will have long term benefits for parents, families and our community at Capital Health.

For more information on the policy, contact:

Laura Smith
(902) 473-3328
lauraM.smith@cdha.nshealth.ca

Ann Morgan
(902) 481-5853
annM.morgan@cdha.nshealth.ca

“Breastfeeding is really important to me. I’m not sure I would have returned to the work place if I thought I would not be supported to continue to breastfeed while I was working. Health Canada has Breastfeeding recommendations for a reason. It only makes sense that our Health Care System would help their employees to meet those recommendations.”
- Capital Health staff member

Kathy MacNeil, VP People

Gaynor Watson-Creed, Medical Officer of Health, Capital Health