Steps 1 and 2. The community’s elected or appointed leadership has a written statement supporting breastfeeding that is routinely communicated…(the) community as a whole provides a welcoming atmosphere to chest/breastfeeding families.

Ten Steps to a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community

Many Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities advocates begin with their local government.  Your country might support breastfeeding or may have signed on to the Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes; however, the support of the local governmental agencies most directly impact the family. 

Getting Started

Health equity is the cornerstone of Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities, supporting families to be informed about breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding and to be able to chest/breastfeed in the community. Racial and ethnic minority groups across the world face great health disparities. Build equity into the foundation of your initiative by seeking out community members as stakeholders who encompass the diverse backgrounds of families in your community. Learn more about how to create a New Community...

Understanding Your Local Government

A policy/proclamation is generally created by your local government, that is, your Mayor along with the Council and City Manager, as an integral part of the government’s strategy that will guide decision making and leave some room for managerial discretion. How to get your local community Proclaimed

Growing the Relationship

Good policies and procedures should provide insight on what your local government believes is important, clarify obligations and their purpose, and be consistent and last beyond the term of a particular government leader. How to write a breastfeeding friendly Policy

Welcoming for Families

The community as a whole must provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and human milk feeding families, including the government. This step builds upon US Federal and State laws that dictate that chest/breastfeeding may be carried out wherever a parent is lawfully allowed to be. The maintenance of milk supply is only possible when infants are fed on cue and frequently, day and night. Parents know that the infant needs to chest/breastfeed when the infant indicates, and chest/breastfeeding must not be relegated to places where adults would not consume food, such as toilet areas. “Breastfeeding welcome here” signage is posted next to the welcome signs to the city or in similar prominent positions (e.g., city operated parks, swimming pools, senior centers, etc.), and a “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” seal/logo is posted on city websites and/or social media or similar, and/or flyers are available at the visitor’s bureau. Learn more about how to Welcome Families

Supporting First Responders

It is important to ensure that everyone within the police department understands and provides breastfeeding protection to families in the community. How to inform local First Responders