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Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards Now Accepting Nominations

The Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program in collaboration with the Allegheny County Breastfeeding Coalition is seeking nominations for its annual Breastfeeding Friendly Places Awards.
 
The awards are presented to workplaces, public places and other sites away from home that make an extra effort to help breastfeeding moms by offering a positive attitude and supportive environment.
Employers can help breastfeeding moms by offering flextime or extended paid maternity leave; a health plan with breast pump coverage; work site daycare; and provisions for breastfeeding/pumping at work.
 
Public places and other areas away from home – restaurants, malls, libraries, theatres, parks, places of worship as well as sports and entertainment facilities – can be supportive by providing an attractive and clean private area with comfortable seating for mothers to use when nursing and by having signage to welcome breastfeeding mothers to let them know special accommodations are available.
 
Breastfeeding friendly workplaces are also good for business, because breastfed babies are less likely to get sick throughout childhood and as a result, their moms and dads miss less work due to a child’s illness.
 
To nominate an employer, public place or other site outside the home for the awards, please visit the Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards nomination page. Nominations will be accepted until June 4, 2021, and the awards will be announced during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2021.
 
PA WIC is funded by USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



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