Definitions

This page describes common words and phrases that relate to the needs of working parents.

Workplace Accommodation Terms

Breastfeeding Infant at Work Lactation Lactation Policy

Breastfeeding

see Lactation

Infant at Work

An workplace program that allows eligible employee parents to care for their infant child (generally 6 weeks to 6 months old) in the workplace. It is subject to certain conditions, including:
  • the work environment is determined to be safe for children,
  • the child is not disruptive to other employees, and
  • parents can still complete their work.
Some organizations also allow children of any age to come to work occasionally, such as the popular Take Your Child to Work Day (also known as the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day®). This program has also been called the Baby at Work, Babies at Work, Child at Work, or Children at Work program.

Lactation

The secretion of milk from mammary glands to feed offspring. The process naturally occurs with all post-pregnancy female mammals. In humans, the process of feeding milk is also called breastfeeding or nursing. It is also possible for non-puerperal (never pregnant) and transgender females, as well as males, to induce lactation through hormones and/or nipple stimulation. (Sources: Transgender Health Case Report and Scientific American)

Lactation Policy

Official statement by an organization that describes their intentions, responsibilities, roles, and objectives for supporting lactation by employees or other participants. Also known as a Workplace Lactation Policy or Workplace Breastfeeding Policy. Back to Top

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