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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 that 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. In order for a working mom to produce enough breast milk for their baby, they need be able express milk during their work shift. Many nursing mothers do not know that 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 are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which 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 Department of Labor Workplace Accommodation for Breastfeeding Mothers

Employer benefits of providing worksite support

Businesses are realizing numerous benefits when they provide lactation support programs.

· 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 www.facebook.com/WeldCountyGovernment.

Employer Breastfeeding Support Self Assessment
Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Nomination Form
Weld County Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites

Adventure Child Development Center

American Cancer Society of Northern Colorado 

Envision, Creative Support for People with Developmental Disabilities 

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

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

United Way of Weld County

University of Northern Colorado

Weld County Department of Human Services

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

Weld County Human Resources

Weld County School District 6

Weld County Woman, Infants, and Children

Wells Fargo Bank Westlake

For assistance with implementing or reviewing your worksite lactation support policies/programs, contact Mike Schwan at 970-304-6420. Ext. 2343 or mschwan@weldgov.com

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

Breastfeeding Friendly Public Venue

Breastfeeding Friendly Public Venues

  • Weld County Public Health 
  • High Plains Library District

Breastfeeding Friendly Public Space

Commitment Form

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care

As a child care professional, you play a significant role in supporting a nursing mother’s breastfeeding goals.  A nursing mother that does not have the support of their employer and child care center, will not likely plan to continue breastfeeding their child when they return 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

Certified Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Centers
Adventure Child Development Center in Greeley

CONTACT INFORMATION

Health Communication, Education and Planning

1555 N. 17th Ave.
Greeley, CO 80631
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Phone: (970) 304-6470
Fax: (970) 304-6452


Mike Schwan, MS.RD.

Phone: (970) 400-2343
Email: mschwan@weldgov.com


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