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Breastfeeding Support 

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Support at Work
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.
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.

Employer benefits of providing worksite support

Businesses 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
The 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.

Employer Breastfeeding Support Self Assessment
Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Nomination Form
Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Criteria
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

Sample Policy

Feeding Plan

Designated Breastfeeding Friendly Public Venues
Designated Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites
  • Adventure Child Development Center

  • American Cancer Society of Northern Colorado

  • City of Greeley

  • Eaton Area Community Center (Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite and Public Venue)

  • Envision, Creative Support for People with Developmental Disabilities

  • Greeley-Evans School District 6

  • High Plains Library District (Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite and Public Venue)

  • JBS Swift Greeley

  • Life Care Center of Greeley

  • Lowe’s Home Center, LLC

  • McDonald’s (2440 8th Avenue)

  • Noble Energy

  • North Colorado Health Alliance

  • Northern Colorado Medical Center

  • Salida del Sol Academy

  • Salud Family Health Centers: Fredrick

  • Salud Family Health Centers: Stanley J. Brasher Administrative and Training Center

  • Sunrise Adelante Clinic

  • Sunrise Kid’s Care Clinic

  • Sunrise Monfort Children’s Clinic

  • Sunrise Monfort Family Clinic

  • State Farm Insurance

  • Target Corporation Greeley

  • Thompson River Pediatrics

  • Town of Windsor

  • TTEC

  • UCHealth Greeley Hospital

  • United Way of Weld County

  • University of Northern Colorado (Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite and Public Venue)

  • Weld County Department of Human Services

  • Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite and Public Venue)

  • Weld County Human Resources

  • Weld County Treasurer

  • Weld County Woman, Infants, and Children (Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite and Public Venue)

  • Wells Fargo Bank Westlake

  • Westridge Animal Hospital

  • Windsor Recreation Center (Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite and Public Venue)

    For assistance with implementing or reviewing your worksite lactation support policies/programs, contact Mike Schwan at (970) 400-2343 or mschwan@weldgov.com.

Designated Breastfeeding Friendly Family Child Care Homes
  • Barnyard Buddies Family Child Care

  • Love and Laughter Day Care

  • The Children's Playground

Designated Breastfeeding Friendly Family Child Care Centers
  • Adventure Child Development Center in Greeley

  • Baby Turtle's Childcare

  • Colorado Early Education Network

  • Kiddie Academy

  • Sunshine House

Breastfeeding Rates in Colorado
  • 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

CONTACT INFORMATION

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
Email: mschwan@weldgov.com


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