Copyright 2007-12 Carla Moquin
Families (p. 2)
Babies in the Workplace
Lower Stress for Parents
Babies-at-work programs result in lower overall stress for parents because they do not have to separate from their babies, they have lower day care costs and better financial stability, and they often enjoy the social support network and intellectual stimulation of the workplace.
The lower stress for families from being able to bring babies to work results in stronger and happier marriages. The increased financial stability brought about by these programs means fewer financial conflicts for couples. Parents don't have to work opposing schedules to avoid putting their newborn babies in day care, which means more time together as a family.
It is much easier for mothers to continue breastfeeding their babies if they can bring them to work. Many mothers stop nursing before they actually want to because of difficulties maintaining a milk supply after returning to work, because of difficulties successfully pumping enough milk for their babies, and other issues often related to separation from their babies. Babies-at-work programs provide a huge benefit to mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding.