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Local employers strive to make workplace more comfortable for new moms

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Clearwater, Florida - With 8,500 employees nationwide, Pinellas based Tech Data is one in a growing number of local companies offering something special for employees new to motherhood.

Amanda Little is one of those new moms. She began her career at Tech Data right around the same time her son was born at the end of last year.

"I've worked at Tech Data since he was 11-weeks so it's very important for me to have a lactation room or something of this offering," said Little, showing us a conference sized room on the first floor of the Tech Data's corporate headquarters.

Her previous employer didn't offer a place for mothers to go. Now, Little can't imagine life without it.

"It helps me be able to take care of him the best way possible, and be able to work and have time for it all," said Little.

"It's just a much more respectful situation," says Peggy Crump, Tech Data's benefits manager.

Crump says while a lactation room may seem like a basic benefit for new mothers, these type rooms haven't always been around.

"That used to be the norm, mothers were pushed aside, pushed into a restroom to express the milk," said Crump. "This gives them a much more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. They can work there if they have a laptop that's wireless, they can refrigerate the milk that's expressed, they can put pictures of their baby on the wall."

Not only are lactation rooms now required by law for offices with more than 50 employees, many companies even report increased productivity among new moms.

"It gets them back to work," said Crump. "It's good for them and good for us."

Little couldn't agree more.

"It makes me want to work harder for a company that's also thinking about my family."

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