Baby-Friendly Policies and Procedures
Important policy definitions
Infant: A child up to the age of 12 months of age.
Mobility: Movement defined as crawling, walking or another form of motion which results in the child moving from one location to another without assistance and is dependent on the child’s individual development. The point at which a child is deemed mobile is determined by the employee’s supervisor or HR manager as defined in policy.
Those eligible to participate in program: A parent through birth, adoption, or foster care placement, or a legal guardian of an infant who has not yet become mobile.
Submit your company’s baby-friendly policies for review
To create a workplace culture that supports infants, there must be robust policies on the topic. In order to be designated as a Baby-Friendly Worksite in Nevada, your business must have formal, written, baby-friendly workplace policies. Our Baby-Friendly Resources page has examples of DHHS policy for your reference as well. Policies should include:
- An employee shall be permitted to use their break times to express milk or breastfeed
- If it determined that the individuals 2 regularly 15 minute breaks are not sufficient to express milk, staff will work together to find another solution such as using accrued annual leave compensatory time, leave without pay or a modified work schedule.
- Employee access to a private place to express milk or breastfeed that is not a bathroom.
- Requirements for location include:
- At a minimum, a private, sanitary space that is not a bathroom- preferably 4 feet x 4 feet or larger
- A chair for mother to sit in
- A flat surface – such as a table, desk, or shelf to place breast pump upon
- An electrical outlet to charge the breast pump
- Nearby access to running water to wash breast pump equipment and hands as needed
- An employee will change their infant’s diaper in the restroom on a changing table.
- If using disposable diapers: will be wrapped appropriately and placed in restroom waste bin.
- If using cloth diapers: will be stored in a closed container in a designated area and taken home nightly.
- An employee will remove their infant to an alternative area, such as a breakroom, to calm or sooth them if the infant becomes fussy for a prolonged period of time which may be disruptive to coworkers.
- An employee will not bring their sick infant to work and will bring infant home if they become sick during the day.
- See CDC recommendation of inclusion or exclusion on the resources page for help determining this.
- An employee may use their own cooler to store expressed milk or may store in a designated fridge/freezer with appropriate labeling.
- An employee’s primary work station will be the infant’s primary location during the workday.
- Employees and Supervisors will work together to ensure the workstation is suitable for the new infant.
- Any complaint made will be made in writing, signed by the individual making the complaint, and submitted to the parent’s supervisor.
- A supervisor will address the complaint with the person who filed the complaint and discuss the complaint with the parent and work together to find a solution.
- Staff will support employees by notifying pregnant and breastfeeding employees about the company’s policies and negotiate practices that help facilitate each employee’s infant feeding goals.
- Communicate guidelines about how management supports employees who would like to participate in the infant at work program or milk expression with an accepting, anti-discrimination culture.
- Retaliation against an employee for taking time in accordance with this policy is prohibited.
- Guidelines detailing how management supports employees who require leave, modified work schedules, including planning for returning to work from maternity/paternity leave.
- Evidence the business’s Baby-Friendly Workplace policies and resources are easily accessible, either through a website, pamphlets or other means of documentation.
- Evidence the organization’s leadership and any other staff promote and share their personal stories of the successes of the program.
The policy is the framework that your company will use to set the culture, promote breastfeeding, and retain excellent employees.