There is exciting news from Henderson County, North Carolina! On November 18th, 2020, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Henderson County to be a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community. Read the Henderson County Proclamation here.
This followed a similar proclamation on September 3rd, 2020, by the City of Hendersonville as a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community. The City of Hendersonville Proclamation was presented by Steven E. Smith, henderson County Health Directory and Barbara G. Volk, City of Hendersonville Mayor. Read the City of Hendersonville Proclamation here.
…breastfeeding can reduce development of diabetes as much as 30 to 40% and said he appreciated the support of City Council and the community in creating the right environment and policies which improves the mother’s health and the health of the infant. Mayor Barbara Volk and City Council proclaimed the City of Hendersonville as a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community. By providing a supportive and welcoming environment, a breastfeeding friendly community safeguards the health of mothers and infants and encourages families of all races and ethnicities to continue breastfeeding.Steven E. Smith, Henderson County Health Director
The Henderson County Breastfeeding Coalition is made up of interested community members and is always seeking new members. If interested in joining, please contact WIC Director and Breastfeeding Program Coordinator Lori Bradley at 828-694-6027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Henderson County declared a breastfeeding family friendly community (https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/health/page/henderson-county-declared-breastfeeding-family-friendly-community)
- Hendersonville wants to make life easier for new moms (https://wlos.com/news/local/hendersonville-wants-to-make-life-easier-for-new-moms)
City of Hendersonville Proclamation
City of Hendersonville Proclamation - Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community - full text WHEREAS, families of all races and ethnicities are a priority in the City of Hendersonville, and part of helping families to thrive is ensuring that they receive community support to develop and sustain healthy lifestyles; and WHEREAS, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Academy of Family Physicians, and other leading health organizations, breastfeeding is the optimal food for infants; and WHEREAS, a parent’s decision to breastfeed should be supported by family members, employers, and community; and WHEREAS, breastfeeding is associated with lower rates of infant mortality, childhood illness, such diabetes, and infectious diseases, as well as reduced risk of maternal breast and ovarian cancers and a faster recovery from childbirth as compared to formula feeding; and WHEREAS, breastfeeding promotes bonding, benefits the entire family, and is associated with lifelong health and development; and WHEREAS, collaborating with healthcare providers and community resources can positively impact breastfeeding success; and WHEREAS, our community encourages our hospitals, AdventHealth Hendersonville, and Pardee Hospital, to pursue the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative designation; and WHEREAS, by providing a supportive and welcoming environment, a breastfeeding friendly community safeguards the health of mothers and infants, and encourages families of all races and ethnicities to continue breastfeeding; NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Hendersonville does hereby proclaim the City of Hendersonville to be a “Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community.” PROCLAIMED this 3rd Day of September 2020
Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses
Let’s celebrate breastfeeding-friendly businesses and organizations in Hendersonville and Henderson County! Thank you for supporting breastfeeding families in our community. The businesses listed below have been formally recognized for their support of breastfeeding families. Welcoming breastfeeding families is part of making breastfeeding the norm in our community. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to your business for all that you do to support breastfeeding. Thank you for your support!
Lactating Parents Returning to Work
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: Making It Work for Employers
- The Law:What is required of the Federal Labor Standards Act Worksite Lactation
- For Moms: Making It Work 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
Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care
The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Nutrition Services Branch, has announced that the North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation (NC BFCCD) is available again and accepting applications from Henderson County.
“Childcare programs are essential partners in supporting parents’ infant feeding goals. The NC BFCCD recognizes and promotes childcare programs that implement practices and policies to create a breastfeeding-friendly environment for their families and staff. In North Carolina, over 80% of parents initiate breastfeeding…However, when children are routinely cared for by someone other than their parents, parents are less likely to achieve their breastfeeding goals…[Families] are looking for childcare programs that will contribute to their breastfeeding success…”
Through the NC Department of Health and Human Services, child care programs are awarded the NC Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation for achieving five standards of breastfeeding-friendly child care. The standards – written policy, community connections, professional development, environment, and curriculum – are based on the 10 Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care from the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.
- Building Blocks of Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Learning Bursts webinars continue until October, and recordings of the webinars will be available.
- CGBI’s Breastfeeding University also is available.
- Breastfeed Durham has set up digital folders to help you with your work to become a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Provider.
- Feel free to reach out for more information.