Governor elect Laura Kelly cut the ribbon on her first official project today. The Kansas State Capitol building now has it’s first stand-alone lactation room.
The room will help retain females who already work at the capitol, and also improve recruitment of new talent by giving females a place to breastfeed.
There are almost 300 females who work in the building.
“When a woman is pumping, she’s essentially packing a lunch for her child for the next day,” said Brenda Bandy, Executive Director of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. “And we don’t do meal preparations in bathrooms and neither should mom’s for their children.”
Bandy said creating a lactation room is easier than employers might think.
The new lactation room at the capitol building was originally used a storage closet.
Bandy said they added a comfortable chair, a table to set the pump on and disinfecting wipes to make it the proper place to breastfeed.
“We need more,” said Kelly. “This building can get very crowded, particularly during the legislative session and there are lots of parents that come through here with their children. I’ll be looking forward to finding more space to do this again.”
According to Kansas Business Case, providing lactation rooms can have many benefits. This includes less sickness in the children of the employees that are breastfed, lower health care costs and higher productivity.