Breastfeeding facilities: FM can make a change!

Sjoukje van Dellen, Mark P. Mobach, Barbara Wisse

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Breastfeeding has important long-term health consequences, not only for infants, but also for mothers. Researchers have calculated that scaling up breastfeeding could annually prevent 823,000 child deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths worldwide. Because of the important effects of breastfeeding, the World Health Organization advises mothers to breastfeed for minimally 2 years. However, breastfeeding rates are low, especially in the western parts of the world. One of the most important reasons to discontinue breastfeeding is the often-difficult combination of breastfeeding and work. Research shows that many mothers don’t have access to a suitable space to express milk at work. For FM professionals it is crucial to realize that the availability of breastfeeding facilities is important for organizations too. Breastfeeding improves the health and well-being of infants and mothers, which leads to reduced sick leave and health care costs. Moreover, breastfeeding support at work can lead to higher job satisfaction, a better work-life balance, and can reduce staff turnover. Therefore, offering good breastfeeding facilities creates a win-win situation, benefitting mothers, babies, and organizations. Facility managers are in a unique position to secure a healthier work environment that makes combining work and breastfeeding easy and feasible. FM can make a change!
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompanion Proceedings of EFMIC 2020
Subtitle of host publication1 October 2020 Online Conference
Place of Publication
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • facilities management
  • breastfeeding
  • lactation rooms
  • facility management

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