Gero Final Lactation Powerpoint

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THE FLORIDA BREASTFEEDING COALITION Business Case for Breastfeeding Community Project University of Central Florida Ashley Bailes, Stacy Howard, Lyndsey Sutherland, Isabelle Waddel, and Eve Wittlin-Young

BUSINESS CASE FOR BREASTFEEDING: PLAN OF ACTION • Implement a comprehensive lactation support program in businesses in Central Florida • Lactation support programs are aimed towards breastfeeding employees in the workplace and include: • Support from supervisors, employers, colleagues, and other mothers

• Flexible return to work options • Education and access to professional lactation support • Private room or space for the expression of milk during work hours • Time and opportunity to express milk while at work


Breastfeeding decreases the incidence of a variety of infectious diseases in infants, including gastrointestinal illnesses, bacteremia, pulmonary infections, and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

Saves money for family and community

Formula costs avg $1949 a year (30 ounces/day)

Excess of 2,033 doctor visits, 212 days in hospital, 609 prescriptions due to illness caused from the immature immune system of the baby

3.6 billion dollar savings in US annual health costs

Decreases cancers for mom such as breast, uterine, and ovarian

Mothers have lower risk for CAD, DMII, Osteoporosis

Healthy babies = less missed work days for mom

Insurance benefits


Working mothers are the fastest growing population of the workforce •

55% of full time employed mothers have children that are under the age of three

• Low breastfeeding rates in the U.S. may be due to increasing rates of women within the workforce, and due to the lack of a workplace lactation program

Breastfeeding benefits everyone 1.

Mothers: Decreased risk of disease


Babies: Decreased adverse health events


Employers: Decreased employee absenteeism, increased employee retention


Society: Reduced economic burden


Project Partner: The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition • Business Case for Breastfeeding Toolkit • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award Target Employers and Companies: • Universal Studios, Orlando • Winnie Palmer Hospital for Mothers and Babies

GOALS • Educate Universal Studios and Winnie Palmer Hospital on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding • Increase the awareness on ways breastfeeding can be promoted in the workplace • Raise existing awarded business standards and reach the highest acceptable breastfeeding award • Increase rates of the lactating staff by establishing a breastfeeding friendly workplace • Employed women will breastfeed to the recommended one year and will feel supported in the workplace

COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT 2011 U.S. National Average

2011 Florida Average

Healthy People 2020 Goals

Mothers ever having breastfed




Mothers breastfeeding at 6 months




Mothers breastfeeding at 12 months





Universal Studios

• Popular Central Florida resort and theme park, located in Orlando, Florida • “Committed to improving the quality of life where our guests and Team Members live, work and play” (Universal Orlando Resort, 2012)

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Mothers and Babies • Part of Orlando Health, located in downtown Orlando, Florida. • Highest number of births in the state of Florida, with over 14,500 babies born annually (Orlando Health, 2012) • “To improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities we serve” (Orlando Health, 2012)


77% reduction of lost work time related to infant illness ($60,000 annual savings)

72.5% increase in breastfeeding rates at 6 months (National average 21%)

62% fewer prescriptions

For each infant that a working mother breastfeeds the individual employer saves between $331 and $471 in healthcare dollars

Cigna’s annual savings $240,000 healthcare expenses

Home Depot in Atlanta Georgia, established a lactation program that revealed a cost savings of $42,000/year on average due to lower absenteeism rates

Heath Resources and Services Administration, n.d.

OUTCOMES • Initial goals of starting a lactation program in Universal Orlando and Winnie Palmer were not achieved • In spite of vigorous efforts and communication outreaches, both companies were uninterested in the proposed project • Many unforeseen goals were achieved • Became proficient Business Case Outreach Workers • Better understand all the barriers that working mothers face to maintain breastfeeding • Acknowledge the importance for supporting, encouraging, and promoting breastfeeding exclusivity for the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies


Business Case Outreach workers should start with finding a local business that is interested in starting a lactation program

Sufficient time should be allotted to arrange meetings, educate employees, implement the plan, and evaluate and maintain the program

All efforts should be made to introduce and expand this program to all organizations in Central Florida and statewide as it has shown much success in other businesses when implemented.

All efforts and advancements were forwarded to program director for the BCBF in order to maintain contact, avoid redundancy, and provide support to businesses if requested in the future.


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