NOW:53208:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
64°
H 66° L 64°
Clear | 8MPH

Breastfeeding in the workplace: making it work for women

July 11, 2014

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a one-year, $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to increase breastfeeding support for nursing mothers in low-income populations who are returning to the workforce.

Earnestine Willis, M.D., M.P.H., the Kellner Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children at MCW, and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, is the primary investigator on the grant.

Breast milk is widely acknowledged to be the most complete form of nutrients for infants, and the benefits are well documented. However, in Wisconsin’s low-income families, in particular families of color, breastfeeding rates are significantly below the statewide average, as well as the Healthy Wisconsin goal of 60% of six-month old infants, and 34% of 12-month old babies, still breastfeeding, a goal established by the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute. The Institute is an education and training resource supported by MCW and the University of Wisconsin School of Public Health.

The Breastfeeding-Employer’s Supported Time Project (BEST) is designed to improve the health and nutrition of infants by increasing the length of time they are breastfed by working mothers. The African American Breastfeeding Network and MCW will partner with academic partners, coalition members, community and health organizations and businesses to achieve that goal.

“The Affordable Care Act created the Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers provision, and this grant will help us increase awareness of that provision, while helping businesses learn to engage and participate appropriately—to support working mothers doing their best to keep their babies healthy,” said Dr. Willis.

Ultimately, the project is designed to increase lactation support for nursing mothers who are returning to work, and to change social norms, expectations and assumptions regarding breastfeeding in Milwaukee County.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» A Wauwatosa artist's unique work will be on display at the Firefly Art Fair 7/29

» Wauwatosa Meetings: July 30 7/29

» Wauwatosa West's inexperience affects season in close losses 7/29

» Six Wauwatosa East baseball players earn GMC honors on some level 7/29

» Land O'Lakes game brings back good memories 7/29

» Jr. Trojans set baseball tryouts for U9-U14 teams 7/28

» Tosa's Night Out set for Aug. 4 at Hart Park 7/28

» 'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale Updated:  7/28

» Mayfair holds back-to-school style event 7/28

» Medical College of Wisconsin construction begins Aug. 3 7/24

» Therapy program's art gallery opening is this weekend 7/22

» The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level 7/22

» The Landing at Hoyt Park has become destination for local musicians 7/22

» Wauwatosa West loses pitchers' duel to Pius in regional semifinal 7/22

» Where did the summer go? 7/22

» Sports Notes: July 23, 2015 7/22

» Pewaukee's fast start ends Wauwatosa East baseball team's season 7/22

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A dumb-sports-fan's guide to the Bucks arena financing situation 7/21

» Upcoming Wauwatosa meeting to discuss housing for people with disabilities 7/21

» Milwaukee Co. Zoo gains two snow leopards 7/20

» Meijer announces $25,000 donation to Wauwatosa Library 7/20

» Man shot, killed by Wauwatosa police was brandishing sword Updated:  7/18

» Wauwatosa early learning program to begin this fall 7/17

» GoPro perspective: Inside a firefighter training burn in Wauwatosa 7/17

» Chief Weber: Wauwatosa man killed by police was carrying sword, given 'numerous commands' to put down weapon 7/17

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Hidden Tosa

 

"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporter Rory Linnane explores the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.

2015 Writing Contest

 

(Click image for details)

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT