IBM, the multinational technology company, will soon launch a service that will allow new mothers in its employ to send their breast milk home when they are traveling on business, the company has announced.
The innovative new system, which will allow the milk to be delivered in temperature-controlled packaging, is meant to help the company retain its valuable female workforce even as those employees start families and take on new responsibilities. IBM says that while it doesn’t yet have a sense of the program’s utility, it will remain available as long as employees find it useful.
“We are going to experiment with this and see how many women are interested,” said Barbara Brickmeier, vice president of benefits at IBM. “As long as it appeals to a segment of our population and they feel that they can better balance their work and home, we will continue it.”