U.S. Census Bureau
It is important for us to support our lactating employees because we recognize a “happy employee” is a “productive employee”. Ever since the 1980′s the U.S. Census Bureau has long recognized the importance of breastfeeding, both for the mother and the baby. Our “Mother’s Time-Out” room provides new moms a quiet, relaxed atmosphere to pump her milk while at work. This enables mothers to return to work sooner than she would otherwise, and continue breastfeeding for a longer period. We provide support for the new mother by having several pumps available for the mother’s use, as well as a refrigerator for safe storage of her milk during the day. The Mother’s Time-Out room is also a place of learning and where sharing this similar experience forms many friendships. Special programs are also provided to our mothers such as, CPR for infants and a mother’s support group. On average, there are 40 to 65 visits daily to our Mother’s Room. We are encouraged by the number of mothers who use our room and hear from them how thankful they are to have this area.
After quitting breastfeeding with my first child before returning to work, I was determined to try pumping at work with my second child. While intimidating at first, the New Mother’s Room at the Census Bureau became very welcoming. It was great to have a network of mothers to turn to for advice. I found it very easy to find a time slot to pump. I was able to move my slots if meetings came up. I would recommend the room to anyone who is thinking about pumping at work. Having the pumps there for me to use made it much simpler since I only had to bring in a few supplies every day. This room made being a breastfeeding full-time working mom much easier. I am proud to say that I successfully nursed my child to a year old. - M.B.