Grants for Breastfeeding

Many believe that breastfeeding is the best way to feed babies up to two years of age. Through breastfeeding, mothers are strengthening the overall well-being of their baby. Breastfeeding also can save parents lots of money instead of buying infant formula milks, as well as other vaccines too. The federal government through the United States Department of Health and Human Services recognizes the importance of breastfeeding and is sponsoring lots of grants for breastfeeding. There are also private organizations that do the same.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or HHS recognizes the importance of supporting the mothers who are breastfeeding their infant/s. They offer support through giving them lactation workplace in which mothers (who return to their work) can pump milk. The assistance comes in the services that will be beneficial for the mothers.

These include the following services:

  • Having policies that are corporate and will support the breastfeeding employees.
  • Educating the employees about the importance of breastfeeding.
  • Allotting the designated spaces or rooms for breastfeeding as well as for lactating that are private.
  • Permitting flexible schedules to breastfeeding employees so that they can do milk expression properly during work.
  • Providing options to the breastfeeding moms to return to her work like extension for her maternity leave, doing work for part-time and tele-working.
  • Offering near-site or even on-site child care.
  • Giving quality breast pumps as well as refrigerated storage for milk.
  • Providing or rather referring professional support for the services and management of lactation.

Visit hhs.gov for more details or visit them at:

200 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Business Case for Breastfeeding

It is common to have employees who just recently gave birth and are breastfeeding. The District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition or the DCBFC together with Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition or the MBC assist lactation support to breastfeeding employees to almost all business establishments. Through the HHS, the program focuses on the encouragement of women, especially mothers, to continue breastfeeding their babies for longer time even if they have return to their duties. This program is warding cash grants for breastfeeding supports of $300 to the 10 worksites in the DC, Maryland as well as the Northern Virginia area. For the 2010-2011 cycle, the application deadline was on the 15th of December last year and will have a new cycle for 2011-2012. Wait for further announcements about it. Application process is carried out online. For more details, call DCBFC through phone at (202) 470 – 2732 or email them at info@dcbfc.org.

P.O. Box 29214
Washington, D.C. 20017

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