Business Case for Breastfeeding

Motivate Businesses to Apply  

My friends and I love to support local businesses, now more than ever.  We would like to connect families to a list of breastfeeding friendly businesses and organizations. Apply Now! Employers have gone to extraordinary measures to support and protect families. We want to celebrate you! With so many families working from home right now, more organizations qualify than ever before. Apply today to receive a Breastfeeding Friendly Award. Breastfeeding-Friendly Community Partners are businesses or organizations that welcome breastfeeding families. Breastfeeding-Friendly Employers are workplaces that have made accommodations to support breastfeeding employees. Providing support for nursing families at work is good for your business. Hundreds of companies provide lactation support programs as part of their family friendly benefit platform. They’ve learned that lactation accommodations produce a 3 to 1 return on investment which is attributed to: Lower health care costs due to healthier babies and parents | Reduced rate of absenteeism due to infant illness (among both mothers and fathers) | Lower turn over rates

Improved employee productivity and loyalty. More than ever, we all need to work together to keep families healthy and safe.  To learn more about how to support breastfeeding employees: https://workwellnc.com/_links/toolkit/making_it_work/1118/BreastfeedingToolkit_Employers-Screen.pdf

Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities

Making Contacts

  • Find the business Directory for the Chamber of Commerce. There is a button on each page which allows us to send an email to all the listed of members within a certain alphabet range.  By submitting the form 27 times we could email the majority of the members of the Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Government officials we worked with also had a contact at the Chamber of Commerce, we reached out to them too.
  • Reach out to the Rotary club
  • Would the secretary of state’s office or the County register of deeds be willing to send you the email addresses of all the registered businesses in local town? 

Work with Other Coalitions

  • Are you working with a statewide coalition?
  • Are you using inclusive wording? family or employ
  • If you were linking to someone else’s award, request that they put their logo at the top of the application.

Resource Center

Pregnant@Work has created an online resource center: providing tools and educational materials for…

Global Recommendations

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Current United States Laws

North Carolina Law

Executive Order No. 82: Accommodations for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding

Consistent with Governor Cooper’s issuance of Executive Order No. 82, the Stateof North Carolina will provide workplace adjustments to enable employees to continue to provide workplace adjustments to enable employees to continue to perform job duties while they are pregnant, breastfeeding or affected by other related medical conditions. Employees and managers shall engage in good faith and in a timely and interactive process to determine the workplace adjustment.

For Employers

The Making It Work Tool Kit is a resource to help breastfeeding mothers return to work. It is designed to provide assistance to breastfeeding mothers, their employers and their families.

Daycare Regulations

The NC Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation (NC BFCCD) is administered at the NC Division of Public Health (DPH). The NC BFCCD recognizes licensed child care facilities statewide that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding.  A rating system has been developed in which one gold-starred building block is awarded for achieving each of the five standards for breastfeeding-friendly child care.

The five standards of the NC BFCCD include:

  1. written policy
  2. community connections
  3. professional development
  4. environment
  5. curriculum

The NC BFCCD integrates the Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care from the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) at UNC-Chapel Hill into the five standards. 

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead for your return to work can help ease the transition. Learn as much as you can before the baby’s birth, and talk with your employer about your options. Planning ahead can help you continue to enjoy breastfeeding your baby long after your maternity leave is over. Read more.

Challenging Environments

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