Breastfeeding Support

Overview

Mother breastfeeding baby Working breastfeeding moms need the support of their employers. Their needs are simple: A safe, private, and comfortable location at the worksite and the opportunity to pump two or three times during the work day. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends babies be fed only breast milk for the first six months and that breastfeeding be continued along with nutritious food for at least one year. For a working mom to produce enough breast milk for her baby, she needs to be able to express milk during her work shift. Many nursing mothers do not know the law requires employers to provide a private area and allow break time for pumping or breastfeeding at work.

Businesses also are realizing numerous benefits when they provide lactation support programs, including:

  • Cost savings of $3 per $1 invested in nursing support
  • Reduced absenteeism to care for sick children because breastfed infants have less illness
  • Lower health care costs
  • Improved employee productivity with higher morale and greater employee loyalty
  • Increased ability to attract and retain valuable employees
  • Family-friendly image in the community

Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite Program

Businesses that provide additional breastfeeding support for their employees such as having a worksite policy and staff education are recognized for being a Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite. Employers that receive the award are provided with a certificate and letter of recognition, and are promoted as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite on this website and on Facebook.

Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite Criteria(PDF, 605KB)

Employer Breastfeeding Support Self-Assessment

Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite Nomination Form

Designated Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites:
Adventure Child Development Center
JBS Swift Greeley State Farm Insurance United Way of Weld County  
American Cancer Society of Northern Colorado Kiddie Academy Sunrise Adelante Clinic University of Northern Colorado 
Baby Turtle's Childcare Life Care Center of Greeley Sunrise Kid's Care Clinic Weld County Department of Human Resources
City of Greeley Lowe's Home Center, LLC Sunrise Monfort Children's Clinic Weld County Department of Human Services
Colorado Early Education Network McDonald's (2440 8th Ave., Greeley) Sunrise Monfort Family Clinic Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment
Eaton Area Community Center Noble Energy Sunshine House Weld County Treasurer
Envision, Creative Support for People with Developmental Disabilities North Colorado Health Alliance  Target Corporation Greeley  Weld County WIC
First Congregational Church Greeley North Colorado Medical Center Thompson River Pediatrics  Wells Fargo Bank Westlake 
Greeley-Evans School District 6 Salida del Sol Academy  Town of Windsor Westridge Animal Hospital 
High Plains Library District  Salud Family Health Centers: Frederick  TTEC  Windsor Recreation Center
In the Beginning Infant and Toddler Care  Salud Family Health Centers:
Stanley J. Brasher
Administrative and Training Center
UCHealth Greeley Hospital  

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care

Child care professionals play a significant role in supporting a nursing mother’s breastfeeding goals. A nursing mother who does not have the support of her employer and child care center likely will not plan to continue breastfeeding her child when she returns to work. Being knowledgeable and supportive about breastfeeding can make a difference in how long nursing mothers breastfeed and positively impact the health of the mother and child.  

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Toolkit (Centers)(PDF, 10MB)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Toolkit (Family Homes)(PDF, 10MB)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Toolkit for Nursing Mothers(PDF, 2MB)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Self-Assessment (Centers)(PDF, 96KB)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Self-Assessment (Family Homes)(PDF, 92KB)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Action Plan(PDF, 59KB)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Sample Policy(PDF, 85KB)

Feeding Plan(PDF, 70KB)

Designated Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Homes:
Barnyard Buddies Family Child Care
Happy Kamper Childcare Kelsey's Caring Child Kare The Children's Playground
Cindy Ververs' Family Child Care Home Jollyland Child Care Love and Laughter Day Care William's Family Child Care
Got Kids Karen's Daycare Ragbear Childcare

 

Designated Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Family Child Care Centers:
Adventure Child Development Center in Greeley Colorado Early Education Network  Kiddie Academy 
Baby Turtle's Childcare In the Beginning Infant and Toddler Care Sunshine House

 

Paso Program

The Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) program led by United Way of Weld County works specifically with the unlicensed family, friend and neighbor (FFN) child care setting, in this case with Spanish-only speaking providers. Through the program, the providers complete 120 hours of early childhood care and education training. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment provides training on the health benefits of breastfeeding and how to best support nursing mothers. PASO childcare providers who receive the training and meet criteria are certified as “breastfeeding friendly.” The following PASO providers have been certified: 

Certified Weld County PASO Providers:
Alejandra Cornelio Elvira Serrano Ismelda Valverde Maricela Vazquez Rios Reina O. Diaz Wendy C. Mendoza Mendez
Brenda Karina Miranda Edith Quezada Jessica Ochoa Marisol Torres Ortiz Rosa Margarita Juarez Zoyla Aragon
Cynthia Monarrez Flora Garcia Luz Maria Enriquez Aguirre Martha Trevizo Sandra Garcia
Elvira Balderas Gloria Margarita Escobedo  Maria Moncada Marrylynn Toca Sandra Ramirez
Elvira Hernandez Tapia  Hilda Johnson Maria Teresa Torres  Mireya Moncada Mosqueda Sandra Rosales   

 

Breastfeeding-Friendly Public Venues

Breastfeeding-Friendly Public Space(PDF, 270KB)

Commitment Form(PDF, 288KB)

Designated Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Public Venues:
Eaton Area Community Center High Plains Library District
Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment
Windsor Recreation Center  
First Congregational Church Greeley University of Northern Colorado Weld County WIC

 

Federal and Colorado Law

Effective March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Section 7 of the Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child. Employers also are required to provide a place — other than a bathroom — that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public that may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

The Wage and Hour Fact Sheet #73 “Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA” and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Department of Labor website provide basic information about the law. 

Colorado law goes beyond federal law by extending this requirement until the child is two years of age.

Colorado Breastfeeding Rates

  • Ever breastfed: 88.6 percent
  • Breastfeeding at 6 months: 66.2 percent
  • Breastfeeding at 12 months: 40.6 percent
  • Exclusively breastfed for first three months: 57.3 percent
  • Exclusively breastfed for first 6 months: 26.4 percent

Source: 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card,(PDF, 3MB) U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention