Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program

         

UTMB supports all employees and students who choose to breastfeed and has been designated a mother-friendly worksite by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The university’s mother-friendly worksite program makes it easier for nursing mothers to return to work or school following childbirth. Its primary objectives are to increase optimal health outcomes for infants and mothers; improve employee retention and productivity; and reduce absenteeism and health care costs.


Elements of a Mother-Friendly Worksite

As a mother-friendly worksite, UTMB must provide access to:

  • Private, sanitary place (other than a bathroom) for breastfeeding or expressing milk
  • Clean, safe water source and a sink for washing hands and rinsing out breast pump equipment
  • Hygienic storage options to safely store breast milk; please be advised as with any personal food items, the handling/supervision of the expressed milk is the sole responsibility of the individual
  • Hospital-grade multi-user pump that may be used with the individual's own milk collection kit
  • Flexible work schedules that allow time for breastfeeding or expressing milk
  • Information about breastfeeding and worksite lactation

For more information on the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program, click here.

Sources: Galveston County Health District and Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program


Available Lactation Rooms

The following rooms provide a private and sanitary place for nursing mothers to maintain breastfeeding while fulfilling their work or school responsibilities:

  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital
  • Emergency Room, Room 2.116D
  • Jennie Sealy Hospital, Room 8.930 – To request badge access to this room, please send an email to Tracey Santiago or Julie Tavarez-Bunyan. Be sure to include the subject Jennie Sealy Lactation Room Access as well as your employee number and date of birth. Badge access will be granted for six months with an option to renew.
  • John Sealy Tower, Room 705 – To request badge access to this room, please send an email to Tracey Santiago or Julie Tavarez-Bunyan. Be sure to include the subject John Sealy Lactation Room Access as well as your employee number and date of birth. Badge access will be granted for six months with an option to renew.

Got a room to add to this list? Please contact Human Resources.


Texas Ten Step Program Designation

UTMB also has earned the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This program aims to assist birth facilities in supporting breastfeeding mothers before, during and after delivery; in identifying breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and in improving national performance measures. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to increase breastfeeding initiation rates to 82%.

Texas Ten Step Program facilities must address 85% of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding; be designated as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite; evaluate their maternity care practices and breastfeeding policies; and educate all health care staff routinely with evidence-based courses.

For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, click here.

Source: Texas Ten Step Program


Available Resources

IHOP 3.7.8 Worksite Breastfeeding
American Academy of Pediatrics
Breastmilkcounts.com
Galveston County Health District
Texas Department of State Health Services

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