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MICH-22 Data Details

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MICH-22 Increase the proportion of employers that have worksite lactation support programs

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Employee Benefits Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
25 (2009)
Target-Setting Method: 
Projection/trend analysis
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
Returning to work is a common reason mothers cite for having to discontinue or reduce breastfeeding. Worksite lactation support is a strategy that may help working mothers continue. According to data from the Society for Human Resource Management, the trend for the proportion of employers providing worksite lactation support each year from 2001 through 2009 predicts an increase of about 1.2 percentage points per year. The proposed target of 38 percent is reasonable given this trend.

Number of employers indicating they provide an on-site lactation/mother's room


Number of employers responding to the survey

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2009 Employee Benefits Survey:


    Do you provide employees an on-site lactation/mother's room?

    1. Yes
    2. No
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    Employers who answer "yes" are included as providing worksite lactation support.

    In February 2009, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted its annual survey to gather information on the types of benefits employers offer to their employees. The report provides an analysis of the 2009 SHRM Employee Benefits Survey results. The survey instrument listed 274 benefits and asked human resource (HR) professionals to indicate whether they offered these benefits to their employees.


Additional resources about the objective

  1. Society for Human Resource Management. 2009 Employee Benefits: A Survey Report by SHRM. June 2009.
  2. Society for Human Resource Management.