About the Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer and Community Partner Award
Breastfeeding-Friendly Community Partners are businesses or organizations that welcome breastfeeding. Awardees demonstrate support of all breastfeeding families within their establishment. How? By publicly committing to support breastfeeding parents and children, providing a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding, respecting the nourishment of a child and never asking them to leave, cover up, or move during a feed, and ensuring all members who represent the establishment fulfill these requirements. In addition, our Community Partners declare not to advertise infant formula or related products directly to their consumers. Businesses/organizations making this commitment create spaces where families can keep breastfeeding, improving longevity. Recipients of the Breastfeeding-Friendly Community Partner Award can proudly display the Breastfeeding-Friendly window cling as symbol of their commitment and notice to families in their community.
Breastfeeding-Friendly Employers are workplaces that have made accommodations to support breastfeeding employees. Awardees demonstrate support for breastfeeding by creating/implementing a policy that allows flexible breaks for expressing milk and ensuring employees have access to a private room for expressing milk or nursing that is not a bathroom. The room is required to have a comfortable chair, electrical outlet, and a lock on the door. A hand hygiene station should also be accessible. In addition, our Breastfeeding Friendly Employers pledge not to advertise infant formula or related products directly to employees. Employers who receive this award are publicly committing to creating an environment where human milk is a priority for their employees and families. Recipients of the Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer Award can proudly display the Breastfeeding-Friendly window cling as symbol of their commitment and notice to families in their community.
Why apply for the Breastfeeding-Friendly award?
In addition to contributing to the economic and health benefits of supporting breastfeeding for families in North Carolina, Breastfeeding-Friendly Community Partners and Employers will:
[have] Notoriety in their community as organizations who support families
[be] Listed on our website
[be] Recognition at our regional Meeting
When do I apply?
– February 1 receive March Awards
– July 1 receive August Awards
Can I do more to support breastfeeding?
As an employer, having a written breastfeeding support policy and orientation to the policy for all employees is a good first step. Flexible return to work policies, onsite childcare, prenatal breastfeeding classes, and post-partum breastfeeding support groups are all great additions to a breastfeeding-friendly work environment. A superior lactation room has a small table close to an electrical outlet where the employee can put her pump (or the employer provides an electric breast pump), and a refrigerator for milk storage. Other amenities may include breastfeeding art or a place for baby pictures, a telephone, a music player, a wall clock, and a sink for hand-washing and cleaning equipment.
As a business, having a written policy supporting a customer’s right to breastfeed and educating staff on that policy is a good place to start. Other ways to support breastfeeding women can be access to a private room for nursing or expressing milk with a comfortable chair and a lock on the door, and displaying print materials for breastfeeding resources or breastfeeding promotion.
North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition has been a proud participant in the national effort to increase breastfeeding-friendliness in the workplace by implementing the resources of The Business Case for Breastfeeding Toolkit. Most recently, we have partnered with the North Carolina Department of Public Health, Robeson County Health Department, and Cathy Carothers from Every Mother, Inc. to bring you two 90-minute webinars on the Business Case for Breastfeeding. These webinars were recorded live, and you can access the recordings by clicking on the links below.
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Assisting and Empowering New Mothers
Engaging and Assisting Employers