As a business that supports breastfeeding you are a vital part of creating a community that supports breastfeeding. Businesses and communities benefit from mothers continuing to breastfeed their babies. Make it a part of our culture and help us encourage the development of healthier people, healthier relationships, and a healthier community.
While nursing in public is one of the top three reasons a mom chooses to stop breastfeeding. However, when businesses lead the way and help create a culture where breastfeeding is supported and welcomed, the entire community benefits. Your business will also be positively impacted by the increased customer satisfaction: businesses who become breastfeeding friendly often see at least a $3 to $1 return on their investment.
the value of repeat customers and word-of-mouth. Breastfeeding moms who feel that they and their babies are welcome while they enjoy a meal, have a cup of coffee, or shop will return to your business and spread the word to their friends! Ensuring that your business is breastfeeding friendly gives you an opportunity to boost your business and benefit your local community at the same time.
The “Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Award” awards employers on criteria for three levels of support: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Businesses that meet one of the three levels will be recognized in their community and statewide.
The Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Grant is available to cover costs associated with creating a nursing room for employees.
Breastfeeding moms need a supportive environment where they feel comfortable nursing their babies in public. We all benefit from breastfeeding: it’s healthy, cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly! Plus, the more mothers who feel comfortable feeding their babies in public, the fewer crying infants, which makes for a better shopping, dining, etc. experience for all of your customers. Become more breastfeeding friendly by providing a welcoming environment, training your staff to support breastfeeding, and displaying a “Breastfeeding Welcomed Here” window decal.
We want to recognize you and your organization as one of the progressive business leaders in our community. The name of your organization will be shared on the state’s website, on the Andrew County Health Department’s website, on our Facebook page, and on our health information board at the Andrew County Health Department.
Moms Pump Here is a useful app for breastfeeding moms as they try to find safe and welcoming spaces to nurse their babies. Your organization’s name and a picture of your location will be shared on the app, along with other helpful information that will welcome moms to your business. This is a great marketing tool.
To become a Breastfeeding Welcomed Here certified business, it’s required that you hang a “Breastfeeding Welcomed Here” window cling in a visible public space. These window clings will be provided, free of charge, by the Andrew County Health Department.
for the continued work you’re doing in our community. You have the opportunity to impact the lives of moms, babies, and families, and we’re so grateful that you don’t take that lightly. Here are the tangible ways we want to celebrate your organization.
As a way to thank you for the work your organization does for breastfeeding moms in our community, the Andrew County Health Department will present you with a certificate for each accommodation you earn. These will be gifted to you, pre-framed and free of charge. For each year that you renew your certification, you will receive another certificate for the frame.
If you are unsure of how to train your staff on how to become breastfeeding friendly, or if you would simply like to participate to save time on your part, the Andrew County Health Department will periodically host free trainings for managers and staff. We will cover what it means to support breastfeeding customers, and how to handle complaints.
Because we are so thankful for your decision to become a mover in our community, we will send a press release to the Savannah Reporter. We will share with our community the impact your decision to become breastfeeding friendly has made.
**All applications are available at the Andrew County Health Department.