The Children’s Courtyard has been designated a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite. This program is operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services in recognition of Texas employers who provide time, space and support for breastfeeding employees to pump and store breast milk.
Women with children are the fastest-growing segment of our nation’s workforce. More than half of women with infants under the age of 1 work, and one-third of new mothers return to the job within three months of giving birth. Statistics show that breast milk gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development and helps protect them from common childhood illnesses. It also helps protect the health of mothers by reducing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions. Working mothers often cite the lack of support at the worksite as a common reason for not breastfeeding their infants, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and other health officials.
By supporting its breastfeeding employees, The Children’s Courtyard is helping new mothers realize they don’t have to choose between returning to work and meeting their breastfeeding goals — they can do both.
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