Business Benefits


Supporting your employees to continue to meet their breastfeeding goals when returning to work after maternity leave has many benefits for businesses, including saving money and promoting healthy work practices. These are outlined below:

  1. Breastfeeding employees have lower absenteeism

Breastfed infants have lower illness rates than formula fed infants. Human milk boosts an infant’s immune system and helps protect them from common childhood illnesses, and infections. Infectious or sick infants are also more likely to be excluded from childcare. Parents of breastfed infants typically spend more time at work rather than taking leave to care for sick children. One day absences to care for sick children occur at least three times more often for mothers of artificially fed infants.

  1. Investing in a breastfeeding friendly workplace programme can yield positive dividends for the company

Companies throughout the world have found that implementing a programme that supports breastfeeding employees has a positive impact on the business with lower staff turnover rates. Employees are more likely to return to work following childbirth when their workplace provides a supportive environment for continued breastfeeding. Being able to keep experienced staff lowers the costs a company would otherwise incur in recruitment and training.

  1. Higher productivity and loyalty

Employees of companies with family friendly policies and practices, including breastfeeding strategies, consistently report improved morale and better satisfaction with their jobs. Plus the employers report higher productivity and loyalty, greater shareholder return and positive public relations. Employees who are engaged with the organisation demonstrate significantly higher discretionary effort than employees in organisations with low levels of engagement.


Studies of several companies in the USA with lactation support programmes showed a retention rate of between 83-94%, compared to the national average of 59%.