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Media Release: LLLI Offers Corporate Lactation Support to Help Companies Comply with New Illinois Law

Schaumburg, IL (October, 2001)-La Leche League International (LLLI), the world's foremost authority on breastfeeding, is pleased to introduce our Corporate Lactation Support program to companies seeking assistance in complying with Illinois' newly enacted Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act. This new law requires employers with five or more employees, exclusive of the employer's parent, spouse, or child or other members of the employer's immediate family, to provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her infant child. The law also requires an employer to make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where the employee can express her milk in privacy.

LLLI helps meet the needs of companies' employees who are breastfeeding by providing accurate information with three distinct corporate packages specially developed for one or many locations and for any size company. Corporate lactation programs help promote a commitment to employee well being and save companies thousands of dollars per year in the process. A recent study of one company revealed that a corporate lactation program for employees generated a savings of $240,000 annually due to a decrease in health care expenses for mothers and their children. Reduced employee absenteeism among breastfeeding mothers was also shown to save $60,000 annually.

La Leche League International's Corporate Lactation Support program answers all the necessary questions about what constitutes an effective lactation room. In addition to easy-to-reference literature, the packages also provide an informative video about the benefits and techniques of breastfeeding, a multi-cultural poster and a relaxing CD. The packages include a Friends of Breastfeeding membership to remind employees of the valuable service you are providing to them. Employees will also be able to access local La Leche League Leaders for answers to individual questions or concerns at no additional cost to them.

La Leche League International is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that provides breastfeeding information, encouragement, education and mother-to-mother support around the world. The organization reaches over 300,000 people in 63 countries every month. To learn more about La Leche League International or its Corporate Lactation Support call 847-519-7730, ext. 206; email us at SBautista at llli.org or visit our award winning web site at www.lalecheleague.org

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