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    2021 DC/Maryland Breastfeeding-Friendly

    Workplace and Childcare Provider Awards

    The D.C. and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalitions are pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of their Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace and Childcare Awards! Awardees were recognized at a virtual ceremony on February 16, 2022. The awards program had taken a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year a Childcare Provider Award was launched in appreciation of the critical role daycare providers play in supporting breastfeeding.

    This year’s Workplace awardees:

    • Baby and Me, LLC – Columbia, MD
    • Estrellitas Montessori School – Washington, DC
    • Nurse Practitioner Services: Milky Moms – Waldorf, MD
    • Strong Ties – Rockville, MD

    This year’s Childcare awardee:

    • Educare DC- IDEA – Washington, DC

    DCBFC and MBC are nonprofit organizations, which unite breastfeeding advocates, health care providers, and families. They provide a forum for the development and exchange of resources and foster the establishment of breastfeeding as the normal way to nurture infants. Since 2010, the Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award has been granted to well over 140 businesses, recognizing demonstrated support for breastfeeding through a conducive office environment. The awards this year also acknowledge the unique challenges and opportunities created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Work-site support of employees enrolled in a company-provided lactation support program is a Win-Win situation. Employers benefit through increased rates of retention, employee satisfaction and morale. The health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby equate to decreased health care and insurance costs, and a reduction in sick leave requests to care for an ill child.  “Despite federal and local requirements, some nursing mothers still do not receive sufficient supports from their employers. These awards seek to highlight and applaud businesses who are doing their best to support women in the workplace,” says Dr. Jessica Nash, Co-Secretary of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition.

    “Every current and past awardee serves as role models for our region.  Many of the awardees were nominated by their employees, who wished to recognize the supports they receive. We are proud to honor them all.” says Dr. Dana Silver, Past President of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition.

    Businesses were judged based on their size and the accommodations they provided to breastfeeding employees. These included support and education, as well as the time and space for mothers to breastfeed and/or pump breast milk in the workplace.  Childcare providers were judged based on supports for breastfeeding parents and training provided to the staff. Based on the number of amenities and processes in place to support breastfeeding, nominees received the tiered awards at a gold, silver or bronze level.

    For more information on the DC/Maryland Breastfeeding-Friendly Awards program, contact Dr. Dana Silver (president@mdbfc.org) or Dr. Jessica Nash (jnash@dcbfc.org).  Please also see web stories and photos of the Workplace Award recipients on our websites, www.dcbfc.org and www.mdbfc.org