Establishment of lactaton rooms in public and private companies: potentialities and difficulties

Vanessa Martinhago Borges Fernandes Evanguelia Kotzias Atherino dos Santos Alacoque Lorenzini Erdmann Denise Elvira Pires de Pires Maria de Fátima Mota Zampieri Vitória Regina Petters Gregório About the authors



To know how managers of public and private companies view lactation support rooms and their implantation.


This is study is based on qualitative, exploratory, and descriptive research. Twenty managers from Greater Florianópolis participated in the research, in 2015. Data were collected by means of semi-structured/projective interviews, and subjected to content analysis associated with Atlas.ti software.


Data analysis led to the following two categories: difficulties and facilities of establishing a lactation room, with a predominance of financial difficulties and the lack of physical space. Dialectically, the subjects also recognised the low cost involved, which facilitates establishment.


Financial, cultural, and political aspects make it difficult to set up lactation rooms, but the importance of this measure was acknowledged. Although the success of breastfeeding partly depends on these support rooms, it also requires multiple actions, especially the effective participation of nurses and other health workers.

Women, Working; Breast Feeding; Legislation; Public Health Policy

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