Toolkit For Coalitions
Breastfeeding works when it is supported by everyone. Materials in this toolkit will provide guidance for advocates to help support breastfeeding in their communities.
MI Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award
MIBFN wishes to recognize businesses in compliance with Break Time for Nursing Mothers and celebrate those that go above and beyond the law's requirements to provide workplace support to their breastfeeding employees through the MI Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards. Learn more about how to apply and get recognized.
Resources and Sample Materials for Creating Your Own Local Employer Recognition Program
- Advertisment for Businesses (Washtenaw County Breastfeeding Coalition)
- Sample Workplace Lactation Support Award Nomination Flier (WCBC)
- Business Breastfeeding Support Awards (WCBC)
- Mother-Friendly Employer Recognition Program (South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition)
- Becoming a Breastfeeding-Friendly Employer (Vermont Dept. of Health)
Resources from MIBFN
- Order free MIBFN Workplace Door Hangers to share with businesses in your community
- Download and share Postcard to Businesses
- Share How Lactation Support Benefits Employers Handout
Working with Employers
- Guidelines for Meeting with Businesses (Business Case for Breastfeeding)
- Presentation to Employers (Kent County Breastfeeding Coalition)
- Survey of Current Breastfeeding Policies and Practices (Kent County Breastfeeding Coalition)
Business Case for Breastfeeding
The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a comprehensive program developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources, and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the HHS Office on Women's Health. The initiative is designed to educate employers about the value of supporting nursing employees in the workplace. The program highlights how such support contributes to the success of the entire business. The Business Case offers several tools to help employers provide worksite lactation support and privacy for breastfeeding mothers to express milk. The program also offers guidance to employees on breastfeeding and working. Resources to help lactation specialists and health professionals to educate employers in their communities are also available.
Understanding Federal Workplace Law
- To learn about employer responsibilities and employee rights under Break Time for Nursing Mothers legislation and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, visit the Federal Workplace Law page.
- Pregnant@Work (Center for WorkLife Law)
- This online resource center provides compliance training and model policy materials for companies, human resources professionals and management attorneys that can help navigate the legal and practical considerations around pregnancy accommodation. The website also includes state-specific tools and educational materials for pregnant women, their healthcare professionals and their attorneys.
For more information
- Investing in Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies (National Business Group on Health)
- The ACA and Nursing Mothers (National Health Law Program)
- Working Women's Clearinghouse (US DOL Women's Bureau)