Breastfeeding works at work

By: Amanda Brown Email
By: Amanda Brown Email

ARDMORE, OK--According to the Oklahoma state department of health around 75 % of Oklahoma mothers breastfeed immediately after giving birth but only 34.9 of babies are still breastfeeding at 6 months old.

Brandy Dixon said she has breastfed all of her kids and said the controversy surrounding the issue is immature.

"People look down on you or are uncomfortable with the situation but I think that if you cover yourself or you do it right or there is a designated area then it works out very well" said Dixon.

"Even though it's the most normal, natural, way to feed our babies, for society it's still considered taboo" said Nutrition therapist Nessa Harrington.

Nutrition therapist Nessa Harrington said there are laws in Oklahoma that support breastfeeding employees. In 2006 the Oklahoma State Legislature passed House Bill 2358 which states "Breastfeeding mothers may use unpaid break and meal times to breastfeed or express breast milk at work".

"They are allowed unpaid breaks to pump and it is encouraged for it to not be a bathroom stall" said Harrington.

Harrington said working moms should talk with their employers about their desire to breastfeed at work. And said employers should be more open and supportive of their breastfeeding employees because it not only benefits the mother and baby but also the employer.

"Because she won't be absent as much because her baby will be healthier and just you know she'll be a more satisfied happy employee, less absenteeism" said Harrington.

Paige Ferris said employers should take the time to become breastfeeding friendly. She works at health back home health in Ardmore and said her employer is supportive and that her coworker is currently breastfeeding at work.

"She pumps at work and she takes about a 15 minute break, I don't know how often I just know she has a sign that she puts on her office door saying don't disturb and they're really cool about it they let her do it because they know it's a necessity for her baby said Ferris.

For more information on breastfeeding or becoming a breastfeeding friendly environment visit:

http://www.ok.gov/health/Child_and_Family_Health/Breastfeeding/Oklahoma_Breastfeeding_Laws/index.html

http;//www.breastfeedingworks.org

Or you can call:
Oklahoma Breasting hotline 1-877-271-MILK (6455)


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  • by candy Location: sherman on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    While I can see how it would be hard to get this accomplished in the work place, I don't think women should have to hide away just to be able to breast feed their baby. Women can eat and hold a bottle so why cant women breastfees their baby at a restaurant so they can eat their food. If they are covered up then its none of anyone else's business.
  • by Jessica Location: Denison on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    People never seem to amaze me with there ignorance!! Breastfeeding is the most natural and best thing a woman can do for her child and deserves nothing but praise and support!! As far as not nursing in a resturant, would you rather hear a screaming baby? I dare someone to tell me I can't feed my child!! If you don't like it DON'T LOOK!! America is the only country that dosent recognise extended breastfeeding its sad cause it has more benefits than you could ever imagine. My son is almost 5 months been breastfed since birth and will continue to till he weans him self! Please educate yourself before making stupied remarks!!
  • by Kgray Location: Ok on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
    I have been breast feeding my 8 mth old since day 1 and I am not ashamed to pull it out in the middle of public to feed if she's hungry! If you don't like it, look away! I cover her up while being fed but I WILL NOT go out of my way to make a total stranger feel "comfortable" while I'm feeding my child! I will not go to the restroom, changing room or go sit in the car while feeding my child. Breast feeding mothers have rights too! And it's better, safer and healthier then formula. LOOK AWAY if you don't like it.
  • by j Location: ardmore on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:57 AM
    I'm all for breastfeeding, but if your kid is old enough to ask for it - STOP - it's weird and creepy.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 08:02 PM
    No. It doesn't "work at work". Believe me. I tried it one time. I got fired, and so did the woman who was "feeding" me.
    • reply
      by Ned on Jul 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM in reply to
      hahahahaha! I can't stop laughing.
  • by x on Jul 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
    do it in private not in a public place such as a resturant
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