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J Hum Lact. 2004 May;20(2):164-9.

Breast milk expression in the workplace: a look at frequency and time.

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Department of Pediatrics, Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, UCLA Schools of Public Health and Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90024, USA.

Abstract

The objective of this article is to study a barrier for breastfeeding women working full-time outside the home: breast milk expression in the workplace. Data are from a large corporation that provides employee benefits. Mothers express breast milk about twice a day when infants are 4 months old (x = 2.2 +/- 0.8) and 6 months old (x = 1.9 +/- 0.6), with a significant decline in frequency (P <.05) comparing the 2 age groups. Most mothers spend 1 hour or less expressing breast milk when infants are 3 (82%) or 6 months old (96%), with a significant difference (P <.05) between the 2 age groups. Mothers of younger infants were no more likely to work fewer days per week than were mothers of older infants. Most women can express breast milk for 3- and 6-month-old infants in less than an hour, distributed in about 2 separate portions, in an employment environment supportive of breastfeeding.

PMID:
15117515
DOI:
10.1177/0890334404263731
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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