Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program

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The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program was developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in 1995 in adherence with Texas Health and Safety Code 165. Breastfeeding as one of many efforts to support women in reaching their personal breastfeeding goals by encouraging employers to develop a worksite lactation support program and be recognized for their efforts through a Mother-Friendly Worksite Designation.

Since the program launched, substantial guidance has been developed and disseminated to inform best practice in the field. As outlined on the TexasMotherFriendly.org website, there are a number of recommended best-practice components that employers may incorporate to increase the efficacy of—and return on investment from— a worksite lactation support program: 

Evidence indicates that worksite breastfeeding support policies are most effective when they facilitate: (1) privacy for milk expression; (2) flexible scheduling and work options to accommodate breaks in a typical work day for milk expression; (3) dissemination of breastfeeding information and education to female and male employees during pregnancy and after the baby's birth; and (4) a positive, supportive environment from management and co-workers for employees who are combining work and breastfeeding.

The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance and Support Program (TMFW-TASP) was established in 2015 at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin to provide technical assistance and support to worksites across the state of Texas who are seeking Mother-Friendly designation, a designation which demonstrates a basic level of support for nursing mothers in the workplace.

The TMFW-TASP team is also providing targeted promotion and outreach activities to reach new worksites across employment sectors and geographic regions statewide. They are assisting with the evaluation and dissemination of project and program successes through the analysis, synthesis and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data collected. The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance and Support Program (TMFW-TASP) is funded by the Office of Title V and Family Health at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

For further questions to DSHS about the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program and other statewide Texas breastfeeding support efforts, visit texasmotherfriendly.org or contact:

Julie Stagg, MSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC
State Breastfeeding Coordinator/Women’s and Perinatal Health Team Lead
Office of Title V and Family Health
Department of State Health Services
Julie.Stagg@dshs.state.tx.us

For further questions to the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program Technical Assistance and Support Program (TMFW-TASP) regarding worksite designation, contact motherfriendlyworksite@uth.tmc.edu

For other questions, contact the TMFW-TASP project director:

Alma Carver, MS
Project Director, TMFW-TASP
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
UTHealth | The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | School of Public Health in Austin
Alma.e.carver@uth.tmc.edu
(512) 482-6169

Resources for Public Health and Outreach Partners

Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program: Toolkit for community Outreach partners to help raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and the benefits of worksite lactation support.

Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program: Resources and Evaluation Reports for Public Health Partners.

Center for Training Research and Translation: Additional information on the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program, a practice-tested intervention. 

Visit texasmotherfriendly.org for additional resources

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Courtney Byrd-Williams, PhD

Principal Investigator, Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite; Director, Maternal and Child Health Training Program Photo of Alma E Carver

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Research Assistant II, Texas Mother Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance and Support Program
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