Proclamation

Once you have established a group (2 or more) of stakeholders, many communities begin with having their local government proclamation their community Breastfeeding Family Friendly. Download example proclamations: Carrboro/Chapel Hill Proclamation or Durham Proclamation.

The community’s elected or appointed leadership has a written statement supporting breastfeeding that is routinely communicated to all

STEP 1 of 10
BREASTFEEDING FAMILY FRIENDLY COMMUNITY (BFFC) DESIGNATION 
Download the Global Criteria.

Requirements:

  1. The written and signed proclamation includes actions to support the following nine steps.  
  2. The written and signed proclamation is shared via all local media outlets/social media, as available, once per year.
  3. Local media have hosted a discussion of this issue with breastfeeding experts and/or La Leche League or similar at least bi-annually.
  4. A copy of the Ten Steps designation and the local proclamation is widely distributed at least annually, possibly during World Breastfeeding Week (In US, National Breastfeeding Month).

Is your government ready?

  • Is your government ready to pass a public statement (e.g., proclamation) in support of breastfeeding for the community?
  • Does your local municipal (or government or town or city) council support breastfeeding? 
  • Are the members of the council aware of the importance of supporting breastfeeding?  
  • What education might the members of your municipal council need to support breastfeeding?  
  • What are the laws concerning breastfeeding in public?
  • Is your law enforcement aware of the laws?  
  • How is the information disseminated to the police officers in the community? 

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