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.pdfBreastfeeding Family Friendly Communities
- 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.
Pregnant@Work has created an online resource center: providing tools and educational materials for…
- pregnant and breastfeeding workers
- the healthcare professionals who treat them
- the attorneys who represent them
- useful materials for companies
- human resources professionals
- management attorneys that can assist in navigating the many legal and practical considerations around pregnancy and breastfeeding accommodations.
Current United States Laws
- What is the “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law?
- Are the breaks paid or unpaid?
- Who is covered by the law?
- What if your state already has a law?
- Who is in charge of enforcing the law?
- What are the benefits to employers?
- How should you prepare to go back to work?
- How should you talk to your employer about nursing breaks?
- What does the undue hardship exemption mean for employees?
- What are the space requirements?
- How much time is “reasonable”?
- How often can you pump during the workday?
- How long do you have the right to pump at work?
- How should you store your breast milk?
- What equipment and supplies do you need?
- What are creative solutions for break time and space?
- What do you do if your employer refuses to comply?
- Where should you go for help?
- How else does the Affordable Care Act impact breastfeeding families?
- What other resources are available?
- What about helpful breastfeeding tips?
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.
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.
- For Employers:
- The Law:What is required of the Federal Labor Standards Act Worksite Lactation
- For Moms:
- For Family Members: How to support mom’s journey to breastfeed
- Other Materials: Sample letters and policy to assist moms and employers
- Sample Worksite Lactation Policy:
- WIC Breastfeeding Policy Update: All local WIC agencies are required to have a written breastfeeding workplace policy that applies at a minimum to WIC staff. This policy will be monitored by NSB staff on an annual basis.
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:
- written policy
- community connections
- professional development
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.
- Breastfeeding and the Law
- Break Time for Nursing Mothers
- Expressing Your Milk
- Storing Your Milk
- Milk Supply
- Thinking of Supplementing?
- What Can A Support Person Do?
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