While there are numerous benefits associated with breastfeeding for both mothers and infants, many nursing mothers do not breastfeed for the length of time necessary to achieve the maximum health benefits. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants be fed only breast milk for the first six months of life and that breastfeeding be continued along with nutritious food for at least one year. Many nursing mothers do not realize that they can continue breastfeeding after returning to work.
The Colorado Workplace Accommodations Act for Nursing Mothers requires employers to provide a private area, in close proximity to the work area, and adequate break time for expressing breast milk. In order for the breastfeeding employee to maintain an adequate milk supply, they will need to express milk during their work shift. In addition to the health benefits for the employee and infant, supporting breastfeeding will also positively impact an employer’s bottom line. Woman who breastfeed are absent less because their babies are sick less often compared to babies who are not breastfed. Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) provides resources for employers to accommodate their employees who are nursing mothers (see Breastfeeding At Work Resource Request Form). WCDPHE also recognizes businesses that support breastfeeding employees by awarding a Breastfeeding Friendly Business certificate of recognition. Employers in Weld County recognized as a Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses are listed on this website. Businesses of all sizes and types are encouraged to apply to share creative solutions to support breastfeeding mothers and employees.
Nominate your company for the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award by completing the application to the right.
For free consultation on how to best support your employees who are nursing mothers, call 970.304.6420 ext.2343 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses
The following businesses have met the criteria to be awarded and recognized as a Breastfeeding Friendly Business:
Northern Colorado Medical Center
State Farm Insurance
Sunrise Community Health
University of Northern Colorado
Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment
Weld County Woman, Infants, and Children