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Breastfeeding is the healthiest option for babies and mothers. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, with complementary foods introduced around six months. They support continued breastfeeding after solid foods are introduced as long as mom and baby desire, for 2 years or beyond.
However, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, in Colorado only 1 in 4 infants are breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life and 1 in 4 infants continue to be breastfed through their first birthday. When you choose to breastfeed, you build a strong foundation for your baby and make an investment in your baby's future.
Breastfeeding mothers need support from their community to be successful.
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Breastfeeding Resources for Families
Colorado Laws that Support Breastfeeding Families
The primary goals of breastfeeding laws are to support breastfeeding families and improve the health of Coloradans by reducing barriers to increase breastfeeding duration and exclusivity rates.
Colorado laws that support breastfeeding
WIC clients can speak to their counselor for help or refer to the WIC Breastfeeding Resources.
Choosing Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare Providers
The person you choose to watch your baby when you are away should be supportive of your feeding choice. Be sure to share the below resources with your child care provider, family, and friends.
- Tips for starting your breastfed baby in childcare | Consejos para que su bebé comience a ir a la guardería
- Finding a breastfeeding friendly childcare
- Statewide listing of breastfeeding-friendly recognized child care programs
Support for Working Parents
If you're going back to work or school, learn how to make this transition easier: Life with Breastfeeding | Tu Vida y la Lactancia
Breastfeeding Resources for Others
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Although this webpage uses the terms breastfeeding, mothers and fathers, this information is meant to be inclusive of all families.
Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces
Breastfeeding moms face logistical obstacles to being successful. As an employer, you have the opportunity to be supportive and help your staff provide the ideal nutrition for their babies. Breastfeeding friendly employers have healthier work forces and overall better morale.
Supporting Breastfeeding At Work: a Colorado toolkit for employers and businesses.
Benefits to the Bottom Line
Support for nursing women at work is good for businesses and can produce a 3 to 1 return on investment through:
- Lower health care costs due to healthier babies and moms
- Reduced rate of absenteeism due to infant illness (among both mothers and fathers)
- Lower turnover rates
- Improved employee productivity and loyalty
- A more family-friendly image in the community
Being a breastfeeding friendly employer is a strategic way to attract, retain and engage mothers with infants.
Federal and Colorado laws protect breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. A breastfeeding mother’s needs are simple and few. All Colorado employers are required to:
- Provide reasonable time (unpaid or paid break and/or meal time) for mothers to express milk at work for up to 2 years after the birth of her child.
- Make reasonable efforts to provide suitable, private space (other than a bathroom stall) in close proximity to her work area.
- Not discriminate against a woman for expressing milk in the workplace.
Becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Employer
Creating a breastfeeding friendly environment for your staff is easy. We will help you achieve the breastfeeding friendly employer designation by putting the following in place:
- A written lactation policy
- Few or no barriers to scheduling pumping breaks during the workday
- A prioritized or designated private pumping space that is not a restroom or toilet stall
For more information on becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite, contact Breastfeeding Policy Specialist Sue Howk, RDN, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Medical Office
Making Breastfeeding Work for Medical Offices is a six-point toolkit to guide medical offices in developing policies and practices for optimal breastfeeding support. We can designate you as a breastfeeding friendly medical office once you have:
- Meet with our breastfeeding staff to complete a pre-assessment and develop an action plan based on the assessment results.
- Meet all six criteria listed in the toolkit.
- Complete the post-assessment and conduct an on-site review with our staff to establish that the six criteria were met.
For more information on becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Medical Office, contact Breastfeeding Policy Specialist Sue Howk, RDN, at email@example.com.
Resources for Health Care Providers
Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Provider
Childcare providers can make a big difference in helping a new mother continue to breastfeed when she returns to work.
- For center providers: Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Toolkit | Manual para la lactancia en las guarderías infantiles
- For family, friend, and neighborhood providers: Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Toolkit | Manual para la lactancia en las guarderías infantiles
Supporting Breastfeeding in Childcare, interactive online breastfeeding training modules, are available for:
- PDIS (Professional Development Information System)—Colorado Shines training site for early childhood professionals. Search "breastfeeding" in the Course Catalog.
- CO.TRAIN— Colorado’s Learning Management System. Search "breastfeeding" or course ID 1079357.
For more information on becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Provider, visit the Healthy Child Care CO website.