Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award

We would love to be able to connect families in Durham to local businesses that are breastfeeding-friendly. We encourage businesses to apply for the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition’s Breastfeeding Friendly Community Partner and/or Employer awards.

Employers in Durham have taken great measures to support and protect families. We want to celebrate you! With so many families working from home right now, more organizations qualify than ever before. Apply today to receive a Breastfeeding Friendly Award. Breastfeeding-Friendly Community Partners are businesses or organizations that welcome breastfeeding families. Breastfeeding-Friendly Employers are workplaces that have made accommodations to support breastfeeding employees. 

Providing support for breastfeeding families at work is good for your business. Hundreds of companies across America provide lactation support programs as part of their family-friendly benefit platform. They’ve learned that lactation accommodations produce a 3-to-1 return on investment which is attributed to:

  • Lower health care costs due to healthier babies and parents
  • Reduced rate of absenteeism due to infant illness (among both mothers and fathers)
  • Lower turnover rates
  • Improved employee productivity and loyalty.

If you would like to learn more about how to become breastfeeding friendly, please let us know. We work closely with Durham County Health Department and we would be happy to help you work on ways to improve your environment, practices, and policies to better support breastfeeding families. Please reach out with any questions or anything we can do to help. Thank you for your time.

Tools for Employers

Workplace Regulations

The Affordable Care Act mandates that employers are required to provide reasonable break time for employees to express breast milk for their nursing children. The employer must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk.  These requirements shall not preempt a state law that provides greater protections to employees. See the NC Breastfeeding Coalition FAQ page for specific questions and answers that may help clarify. The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) also maintains a helpful information page on workplace support for breastfeeding in federal law.

We all benefit

We all benefit when our community is healthier. Breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from bacteria and viruses. Breastfed children have fewer ear, respiratory and urinary tract infections and have diarrhea less often. Infants who are exclusively breastfed tend to need fewer health care visits, prescriptions and hospitalizations resulting in a lower total medical care cost compared to never-breastfed infants. As a part of the Healthy People 2020 initiative, two national goals are to increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed at six months and infants who are breastfed exclusively through six months by the year 2020.   If your business is already a friendly environment for customers and/or employees who are breastfeeding, we encourage you apply for the award! The North Carolina Breastfeeding Association will list your business on its website, as will Breastfeed Durham, a local advocacy group.  You will be able to advertise on your premises and online that you’re breastfeeding friendly. Please contact us with any feedback or questions.

CDC updates

Resources for Businesses and Workplaces (Updated August 11)