Policy for Breastfeeding Employees
In recognition of the well documented health advantages of breastfeeding for infants and mothers, Clark County provides a supportive environment to enable breastfeeding employees to express their milk during work hours. This includes a company-wide lactation support program administered by Clark County Public Health Department and WIC Department.
Clark County subscribes to a worksite policy comprising company responsibilities and employee responsibilities. This policy shall be communicated to all current employees and included in new employee orientation training.
Clark County Responsibilities to Breastfeeding Employees
Breastfeeding employees who choose to continue providing their milk for their infants after returning to work shall receive:
Milk Expression Breaks
Breastfeeding employees are allowed to breastfeed or express milk during work hours using their normal breaks and meal times. For time that may be needed beyond the usual break times, employees may use accrued benefit time, leave without pay, or may make up the time as determined by their supervisors
A Place to Express Milk
A private room (not a toilet stall or restroom) shall be available for employees to breastfeed or express milk. The room will be private and sanitary, located near a sink with running water for washing hands and rinsing out breast pump parts, and have an electrical outlet. The location of the room may include other options than those currently in place so long as the additional option is mutually acceptable to both the employee and employer.
Employees may use their own cooler packs to store expressed breast milk or may store milk in a designated refrigerator / freezer. Employees should provide their own containers, clearly labeled with name and date. Those using the refrigerator are responsible for keeping it clean.
Prenatal breastfeeding classes and prenatal and postpartum information materials are available for all mothers and fathers, as well as their partners. These may be obtained from the Public Health Department or the WIC Department.
Supervisors are responsible for alerting pregnant and breastfeeding employees about the company’s worksite lactation policy and for implementing policies and practices that may assist to facilitate each employee’s infant feeding goals. Employee orientation will include information about the company’s breastfeeding policy. The company’s breastfeeding policy will be communicated to current staff.
Responsibilities of Breastfeeding Employees
In response to the efforts made by the county toward breastfeeding employees, breastfeeding employees shall have the following responsibilities.
Communication with Supervisors
Employees who wish to express milk during the work period shall keep supervisors informed of their needs so that appropriate accommodations can be made to satisfy the needs of both the employee and the company.
Maintenance of Milk Expression Areas
Breastfeeding employees are responsible for keeping milk expression areas clean and use anti-microbial wipes to clean area. Employees are also responsible for keeping the general lactation room clean for the next user. This responsibility extends to both designated milk expression areas.