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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Information

Colorado legislation supports breastfeeding
Colorado Revised Statutes 25-6-302 established that a mother may breastfeed in any place she has a right to be.

The Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act requires an employer to:
1) Provide reasonable unpaid break time, or allow and employee to use paid break and/or meal time, to express breast milk for her nursing child up to 2 years after the child's birth.
2) Make reasonable efforts to provide a nursing mother with a private location in close working proximity to the work area in which to express milk.

 

Tri-County Health Department recognizes breastfeeding as an important preventive health measure and as the preferred method of infant feeding to promote optimal growth and development of infants and protect the health of mothers.

Breastfeeding offers an unmatched beginning for our children.
Human milk provides the optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for each baby to thrive. Scientific studies have shown us that breastfed children have fewer and less serious illnesses than those who never receive breast milk, including reduced risk of SIDS and less childhood cancer and diabetes.

Mothers who choose to breastfeed are healthier.
Recent studies show that women who breastfeed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia and osteoporosis. They are empowered by their ability to provide complete nourishment for their babies. Both mother and baby enjoy the emotional benefits of the very special and close relationship formed through breastfeeding.

The environment benefits when babies are breastfed.
Although we live in a polluted world, scientists agree that breast milk is still the very best way to nourish our babies and may even protect babies from some of the effects of pollution. Breastfeeding uses none of the tin, paper, plastic or energy necessary for preparing, packaging and transporting artificial baby milks. Since there is no waste in breastfeeding, each breastfed baby cuts down on our pollution and garbage disposal systems.

Families who breastfeed save money.
In addition to the fact that breast milk is free, breastfeeding provides savings on health care costs and related time lost to care for sick children. Because breastfeeding saves money, fathers feel less financial pressure and take pride in knowing that they are able to give their babies the very best.

Communities reap the benefits of breastfeeding.
Research shows that there is less absenteeism from work among breastfeeding families. Families who breastfeed have more money available to purchase goods and services, thereby benefiting the local economy. Research also shows that breastfed babies have higher IQ scores. When babies are breastfed, both mother and baby are healthier throughout their lives. This translates to lower health care costs and reduces the financial burden on families and third party payers, as well as on community and government medical programs.

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Tri-County Programs:
TCHD Employee Support Program
TCHD Lactation Support Guidelines

WIC - The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
WIC - National Website

WIC Peer Counseling Program


General Information:
Baby & Me Tobacco Free - Free Diapers
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
Breastfeeding Statistics
Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition

Free Diapers - Baby & Me Tobacco Free
General Resources

Legislation
Recommended Reading
World Breastfeeding Week

Nursing Mothers:
Breast Pumps, Equipment and Supplies

Breastfeeding Essentials (CDPHE)
Breastfeeding Myths

Breastfeeding.com
Colorado Can Do 5
Colorado Can Do 5 - Crib Cards
Frequently Asked Questions

Lactation Consultants
Latch and Positioning
Local Hospital Help and Resources

Marijuana and Breastfeeding
Medications and Breast Milk

Mother's Milk Bank

National Women's Health and Info Center
Storing and Handling Breast Milk


Doctors and Care Providers:
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocols
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics

Breastfeeding Pharmacology

Center for Breastfeeding Research and Training

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Core Competencies
Free Brochures and Resources

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Medications and Breastmilk
Surgeon General: Support Breastfeeding

U.S. Breastfeeding Committee
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Medicine


Employer Information and Mothers Returning to Work and School:
CDC Toolkit
Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition

Creating Breastfeeding Policies

Employee Letter of Support
Employers Toolkit

Employer Benefits Summary Sheet
Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions
HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding
La Leche League
School Letter of Support

The Business Case for Breastfeeding
Workplace Breastfeeding Support

Printable Brochures:
American Dietetic Association
CDC - Centers for Disease Control
Free Diapers - Baby & Me Tobacco Free
Graduate Smart
La Leche League International
Making Milk is Easy

Pañales Gratuitos (Free Diapers)
Supermom

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