A small, private space can be set up for a lactation room. A mother needs to express milk approximately every three hours to maintain a healthy milk supply. Milk can be refrigerated or stored in a personal cooler or small refrigerator.
Lactation rooms are a private space (other than a bathroom) that can be used to express milk. Businesses are not required to have specific rooms designated only for pumping, however it is encouraged.
Businesses with a large number of female employees between the ages of 18 and 45 have found a permanent space dedicated as a milk expression room is the most cost-effective and efficient option.
These spaces can be as small as 4 feet by 5 feet. A lock on the door can help create privacy and an electrical outlet is important to run a breast pump.
Smaller businesses may have other solutions for space dedicated to milk expression.
Fargo Cass Public Health has grants for businesses in Cass County, North Dakota to assist with creating a space to support new mothers who are breastfeeding. Contact us for more information and to learn about the application form.
Becoming an Infant Friendly Workplace is easier than businesses think. Many businesses already have the pieces in place ready to do it.