Workplace Lactation Support: Project Development and Implementation
Objective: A pilot project establishing a lactation support program for staff, faculty, and students at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) was introduced in September 2012. The lactation support program is intended to promote and support breastfeeding and decrease barriers to continued breastfeeding for mothers who are employed or attending classes. The purpose of this paper is to report on the: (1) development and implementation of a lactation support program in a regional multi-campus community college; and (2) plans for evaluation of the effectiveness of the new program. Setting: The program was implemented at a community college with campus sites in Lexington, Danville, Lawrenceburg and Winchester, Kentucky. Intervention: A lactation support program for staff, faculty, and students was implemented on all campus sites in September 2012. Breastfeeding support interventions along the continuum from the maternity care setting through the mother’s return to could help women continue to breastfeed and improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.