California was one of the first states in the nation to adopt legislation requiring employers to provide unpaid break time and a clean, private place, other than a toilet stall, where lactating mothers can express breast milk throughout the workday.
Just about half the women who have babies actually return to work within six months of giving birth. Those newborns need to be fed and in most circumstances the new mother is trying to breastfeed - even if she's also working 8 to 9 hours a day.
That's why the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition makes it a point to celebrate those offices or companies where they make it a little easier for breastfeeding moms.
This year the best place to lactate (so to speak) is the American Red Cross. The coalition considers it the most breastfeeding-friendly workplace in San Diego County because it not only offers breaks and private places to pump for mothers but even goes so far as to offer hospital-grade pumps for employees.
The local chapter also administers a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program which provides employees access to breastfeeding specialists and opens its breastfeeding facilities to non-employees visiting the building.