Nominations for its annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards are due May 11, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.
The awards are for workplaces, public places and other sites away from home that make an extra effort to meet the needs of nursing moms by offering a supportive environment and positive attitude toward breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding friendly places can encourage moms to breastfeed longer. Health benefits to babies and their moms increase when babies are breastfed for at least six months, but only 44.3% nationwide and 37.6% in Pennsylvania are breastfed that long.
Breastfeeding friendly workplaces are also good for business, because breastfed babies are less likely to get sick throughout their childhood and that means working moms and dads take less time off due to a child’s illness.
To nominate an employer, public place or other site outside the home for the awards, please call the Health Department at 412-687-ACHDor visit www.achd.net.