Mothers are more successful with breastfeeding when they live and work in supportive communities.
As a part of our “MI Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses Project,” the Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) wishes to recognize Michigan employers that provide workplace support to their breastfeeding employees through our Michigan Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Employers are evaluated based on criteria for three levels of support: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Employers meeting requirements of one of the three criteria levels will be recognized with a certificate as well as recognition on the MIBFN website, and social media pages. MIBFN also provides internal communication tools such as a sample employee newsletter article, template press release for local media, and a badge to include on any communications/PR tools.
Awards are valid for the calendar year in which they are provided and reapplication for subsequent years is encouraged!
The Michigan Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards are a component of the Michigan Breastfeeding Network’s “MI Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses Project,” a worksite lactation support initiative funded by the Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The project is intended to increase the number of Michigan businesses able to assess their compliance with the federal breastfeeding accommodation law.
*Resources to help businesses support breastfeeding employees, includng employer and employee toolkits, sample policies and more can be found at www.mibreastfeeding.org/workplace.
**The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was amended in 2010 to require employers to (1) provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk and to (2) provide a private place, other than a bathroom, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.