Infant Feeding in the Workplace

Policy

Category: General - Agency
Subject: Infant Feeding in the Workplace
Division: Family Health and Health Analytics
Policy Number: CA.50.01.303
Effective Date: February 1, 2016

POLICY STATEMENT

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) promotes and supports breastfeeding, and expressing breastmilk on its premises. WDGPH supports all individuals with infant feeding on its premises, regardless of their feeding method.

WDGPH will support employees’ continuation of infant feeding upon their return to work. Management and employees shall work together to find mutually agreeable hours of work and breaks which support the continuation of infant feeding. This shall be done within the policies of WDGPH and the requirements of the Collective Agreement where it applies.

WDGPH will provide employees with electric breast pumps for use at the workplace.  

SCOPE

This policy applies to all WDGPH employees including volunteers, students and contract.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Corresponding Procedure: CA.50.02.303 Infant Feeding in the Workplace

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES

Manager, Family Health Promotion

APPROVED BY

Director, Family Health and Health Analytics 


Procedure

Category: General - Agency
Subject: Infant Feeding in the Workplace
Division: Family Health and Health Analytics
Procedure Number: CA.50.02.303
Effective Date: February 1, 2016

PROCEDURE

1. The staff of the Family Health and Health Analytics Division (FHHA) will be available to provide information and counselling on combining work and infant feeding. FHHA staff can also provide support to individuals returning to work to establish feeding plans that are aligned with the infant’s developmental stage.

2. Breastfeeding, expressing breastmilk, and infant feeding of breastmilk substitutes (i.e., formula) at work:

a. Employees can feed their infant at break time and lunch time. Employees are welcome to have their babies brought to work at break time and lunch time to feed them. Some employees may prefer to breastfeed where the care provider resides. Flexibility regarding timing of these scheduled breaks or additional time required will be discussed with the Manager. Employees will be responsible to make up any additional time taken, in consultation with their Manager.

b. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) will endeavour to provide private space with an electrical outlet within their office building to feed their infant and/or express breastmilk. This space may vary according to available empty rooms. The receptionist in each office will be able to provide this information and appropriate signage for privacy. Hand washing facilities and a refrigerator will be available at all facilities.

c. Employees will be responsible for the storage of expressed milk and breastmilk substitutes (i.e., infant formula). The milk may be stored in the refrigerator provided and must be labelled with the employee’s name. Milk or other foods cannot be stored in fridges used for specimens or vaccines. To ensure the safety of stored breastmilk, it is recommended that the container used to store the milk be sealed in a plastic bag to prevent contamination.
 

3.  Use of WDGPH electric breast pumps:

a. WDGPH will provide an electric breast pump for employee use at WDGPH office locations. The permanent location of the pumps are:

  • Guelph Chancellors Way office: pump located in Clinical Services;
  • Orangeville office: pump located in the Breastfeeding Clinic Room; and
  • Fergus office: pump located in Clinic Room C.

b. If any employee working from the Guelph Shelldale office, the Mount Forest office or the Shelburne office requires use of an electric breast pump, they will contact the Reproductive Health Manager by phone or email to request use of a pump. It is the responsibility of the Manager, Family Health Promotion to transfer a pump that is not in use to the office where it is being requested. A sign will be placed in the breast pump permanent location indicating that the pump is in use in another office.

c. A set of instructions will be included with each pump. For additional information about pump use, the employee will contact the Manager, Family Health Promotion who will then connect with a Public Health Nurse in the FHHA to provide information and support with the set up and use of the pump.

d. Employees will be responsible for purchasing their own pump kits for use with the pump. Pump kits are available for sale at WDGPH offices at each reception desk. Employees are responsible for removing the kit(s) from the pump after each use as kits cannot be shared among employees. Employees are responsible for washing their own kits with warm soapy water and rinsing with warm water after each use.

e. Employees will be responsible for cleaning the pump after each use with Accel TB wipes. All parts of the pump should be thoroughly wiped, including the pumping mechanism underneath the lid. Accel TB wipes and a log book will accompany each pump for employees to initial that the pump has been cleaned after each use.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Corresponding Policy CA.50.01.303 Infant Feeding in the Workplace

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES

Manager, Family Health Promotion

APPROVED BY

Director, Family Health and Health Analytics