Government

Many breastfeeding 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 actions of the local governmental agencies most directly impact the family. 

  1. Getting Started: Racial minority groups across the world face great health disparities. Build equity into the foundation by seeking out community members as stakeholders that encompasses the diverse backgrounds of families in your community. Learn more about how to crate a New Community...
  2. Knowing Your Local Goverment: A policy/proclamation is generally formulated by top management as an integral part of organization strategy that will guide decision making and leave some room for managerial discretion. How to get your local community Proclaimed
  3. Growing the Relationship: Good policies and procedures should provide insight on what management believes is important, clarify obligations and their purpose, and be consistent and last beyond the term of a particular executive. How to write a breastfeeding friendly Policies for your local government…
  4. Creating a Welcoming Families: The community as a whole must provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding families, including the government. This step builds upon US Federal and State laws that dictate that 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 breastfeed when the infant indicates, and 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 visitor’s bureau.
  5. Supporting Law-Enforcement: It is important to ensure that everyone within the police department understands and provides breastfeeding protection to all in the community. How to inform local First Responders