community practices


  • Workplaces should have babies-to-work policies to facilitate breastfeeding and responsiveness. When well nurtured, babies will be quiet (unless traumatized), so the success of this effort will require parenting education for all ages. 
  • Workplaces should provide high quality child care centers (that provide the evolved nest) so that mothers can breastfeed and a parent can be available for other needs.

Child care centers can provide the evolved nest

  • Educate caregivers about the importance of the evolved nest
  • Ensure that caregivers stay with the same children over several years.
  • Encourage bonding with a teacher and support that relationship over years.
  • Support the provision of breast milk feeding for the first few years.
  • Find ways (e.g. regular carrying) positive touch for each child in care
  • Provide regular of cross-age pairings with elementary, adolescent and elderly partners. 
  • Enhance nature connection by providing naturalistic play areas with natural entities like waterways, old trees, hills, and so forth
  • Avoid plastics, which can disrupt endocrine systems
  • Provide experiences that develop playfulness and creativity in response to social and natural experience
  • Avoid focusing on cognitive development until a particular child asks for particular skill development (e.g., reading).
  • Provide a quiet, supportive environment where children follow their impulses to learn


National Workplace Breastfeeding Resources

Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law. See the Center for Worklife Law's extensive study into the limited provisions of this law.

EXPLOSED: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers. This first comprehensive report on breastfeeding discrimination reveals widespread and devastating consequences for breastfeeding workers.

United States Breastfeeding Committee -See a full list of the federal law, provisions and FAQs here.

The Business Case for Breastfeeding. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA).  Worksite lactation support information and toolkit for employers and employees.

What Employers Need to Know – US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health 

State Level Workplace Breastfeeding Rights – US Department of Labor

Investing In Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies, from the National Business Group on Health

Creating a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Strategy, A Toolkit for Employers

Paid Family Leave Resources

Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women

PL+US. Paid Leave for the United States. s the national campaign to win paid family leave by 2022. Founded by Katie Bethell, who Fortune Magazine named one of the world’s greatest leaders, the organization in partnership with employees, employers, consumers, and investors has won paid family leave for nearly 6 million at companies like Walmart, Starbucks, CVS and more.

Report of the Family Medical Leave Insurance Taskforce

National Parternship for Women and Families 

Expecting Better (2014)

2014 Leave Legislation

2013 Family Leave Legislation

2012 Family Leave Legislation

Family, Sick and Parental Leave Laws