This policy provides guidelines that will assist agencies in the development of work-life balance initiatives to support the wellness and health of employees of North Carolina State Government. Work-life balance initiatives have proven to be effective recruitment and retention strategies as agencies compete for a diverse workforce to deliver efficient services to the citizens of North Carolina.
Research has shown that lactation support is beneficial to the working, nursing mother and her child as well as to employers by decreasing medical expenses; reducing absenteeism; increasing employee retention; and improving morale in the workplace. This policy is intended to give agencies a general outline of the minimum level of support to be provided to employees who are nursing their children. An agency may adopt additional areas of support that are consistent with this policy.