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Breastfeeding Support

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

Employer Breastfeeding Support Self-Assessment

Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksite Nomination Form

Designated Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites:

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

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Toolkit (Family Homes)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Toolkit for Nursing Mothers

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Self-Assessment (Centers)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Self-Assessment (Family Homes)

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Action Plan

Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Sample Policy

Feeding Plan

Designated Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Homes:

Barnyard Buddies Family Child Care  Jollyland Child Care  Love and Laughter Day Care  Williams' Family Child Care 
Cindy Ververs' Family Child Care Home Karen's Daycare  Ragbear Childcare
Happy Kamper Childcare Kelsey's Caring Child Kare  The Children's Playground   

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: 

Brenda Karina Miranda Flora Garcia Jessica Ochoa Martha Trevizo Sandra Garcia 
Cynthia Monarrez Gloria Margarita Escobedo  Luz Maria Enriquez Aguirre Marrylynn Toca Sandra Rosales
Edith Quezada Hilda Johnson Maria Teresa Torres Reina O. Diaz  
Elvira Balderas Ismelda Valverde Marisol Torres Ortiz Rosa Margarita Juarez  
Breastfeeding-Friendly Public Venues

Breastfeeding-Friendly Public Space

Commitment Form

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   


Health Education, Communication, and Planning

1555 North 17th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (970) 304-6470
Fax: (970) 304-6452

Mike Schwan, MS, RD

Phone: (970) 400-2343

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, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention