Nursing mothers have priority access to use Quiet Rooms at Chevron facilities where available. For a listing, choose your region and location from the CEMREC website (intranet) under 'Amenities and Services' to browse room locations and booking instructions.
learn about breastfeeding
Annually, Chevron hosts a series of Breastfeeding Basics workshops that are open to Chevron employees and their spouse, partner or family members. A certified lactation consultant leads each class, and will talk about topics that include:
- Preparing resources before the birth of your child
- Understanding the best ways to initiate breastfeeding
- Identifying support resources during the early months of breastfeeding
- Creating a personalized plan for continued breastfeeding success while back at work
- Taking appropriate steps to ensure a good and stable milk supply
- Avoiding or remedying common difficulties
Tentative Breastfeeding Basics workshops in 2023 are planned for:
- Tuesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. central
- Tuesday, October 24 at 1 p.m. central
For the latest event happenings and participation details, visit the WorkLife: Dependent Care page (intranet) on Workplace.
Employees who are nursing can request a return-to-work lactation consultation with a certified lactation consultant.
This short video (intranet) provides an overview of what you can expect to learn more about during a consultation. You should have a return-to-work date in place before you request a consultation appointment.
To learn more or to request a consultation, contact Sara Kashima in WorkLife Services.
Breastfeeding is one of the healthiest and least expensive ways to feed and nourish an infant. Research has shown several health benefits for mothers and children when opting to breastfeed instead of using infant formula.
Potential breastfeeding health benefits for mothers:
- Breastfeeding mothers can lose weight gained during pregnancy more quickly because they are using more calories to produce milk
- Mothers who breastfeed release hormones that can help the uterus contract to a normal size more quickly as compared to mothers who use formula
- Breastfeeding has been linked with lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer among women
Potential breastfeeding health benefits for infants:
- Breast milk can be extremely nutritious. Containing a combination of nutrients, breast milk is more easily digested with a balance of fat, protein, sugar and water that’s ideal for infant growth and development. Breastfed infants are less likely to gain unnecessary weight or become overweight later in life.
- Breast milk can protect against infections and allergies. The antibodies found in breast milk can protect an infant's underdeveloped immune system against bacteria, viruses and allergens, which could decrease the likelihood of illness, lower the incidence of doctor visits and enhance response to immunizations as a child or adolescent.
- Breastfeeding is reported to have benefits in later years of life. Although research is more tentative in this area, breastfeeding has been linked to reducing serious childhood chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and cancer, as well as improving social and mental development.
In addition to the physical health benefits of breastfeeding, there also are emotional benefits from breastfeeding. A unique bond is formed between mothers and babies while breastfeeding. The physical bond between mother and child might also promote a mother's feelings of confidence and closeness with her child.
While the health benefits of breastfeeding are substantial, the economic benefits can also be important.
Because breastfeeding can improve the health of mothers and infants, it may help reduce childhood illnesses, like ear infections, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and diarrhea, and the annual number of visits to a physician.
In addition, breastfeeding boasts cost benefits for mothers and families:
- Breast milk is free and immediately available
- Infant formula can cost up to $300 per month
- More convenient than formula sterilization and preparation process