Sample Letter to Supervisor
TO: [Supervisor’s name]
FROM: [Your name]
RE: Lactation support in the workplace
First, I want to thank you for your support during my [number] years with [company]. This is an exciting time for my family as we prepare for the birth of our child. I am eager to work with you to assure my productive return to work as soon as practicable after the birth of my baby.
Based on advice from my doctor and other health professionals, I have made the decision to breastfeed my baby. Just as I want to continue to give my best to the company, I also want to give the best I can to my baby. My doctor tells me that breastfeeding is important in preventing many illnesses and diseases for my baby and for me. Many employers across America now help make breastfeeding possible for working mothers. I hope we can find a mutually beneficial way to make breastfeeding possible when I am back at work.
If the company has an established lactation policy, I would like to know what it is so I can begin planning. If you want to understand better what is involved, you may want to start by looking at www.worksitesforwellness.org/for-employers.htm.
Thank you. Knowing that the company will help make it possible for me to continue breastfeeding will make me feel much better about leaving my baby home to come back to work. I look forward to discussing this with you.