World Breastfeeding Week 2023
At ENWCML, we believe that supporting working mothers is essential for a healthier and happier workforce. This World Breastfeeding Week, we want to highlight the importance of making breastfeeding and work, work!
Workplace challenges remain the most common reason for women to never breastfeed or stop breastfeeding earlier than recommended. We champion free choice for any colleague, but we want to ensure that any mother feels supported in their choice.
Why is it important?
Breastfeeding is not just a personal choice; it benefits the entire community! By supporting our breastfeeding employees, we contribute to the well-being of both mother and child.
How are we supporting breastfeeding at ENWCML?
- We understand the demands of motherhood so where we can, we will help with the balance of personal and professional lives as well as providing a private, dedicated expressing space in the office.
- Encouraging a supportive culture: We foster an inclusive environment where colleagues respect and support breastfeeding and spreading awareness.
Kellie Hughes, our Sales Support Coordinator, comments on her experience on returning to work after maternity leave:
“I returned to work when my child was 12 months. Because of covid, we were in lockdown for the majority of my maternity leave so there had never been a moment where I needed to use a bottle, whereas with my first child, we had been out and about more, so it was completely different and although he was still breastfeeding, he was a little less dependent on it! I needed to express mostly for my own comfort, and to prevent any health problems like mastitis.
Before returning to work, there had never been a reason to make adjustments for a breastfeeding mother before, but I was allocated the meeting room whenever I needed and the door window was covered to ensure privacy. The staff were all informed not to come in, if I was in there with a sign on the door, and the reason why. I could take comfort breaks when I needed, so I could get to work with no issues which was great! I initially felt worried about the reaction in the office but I was supported by all.”
Together, let’s make breastfeeding and work, work! Find more helpful resources here https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ or check our careers page if you are looking for a new opportunity www.enwcml.co.uk