Mother-friendly Employer Recognition Program

The South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (Coalition) promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding as the superior form of nutrition and nurture for infants and young children.

Amy’s Babies is pleased to present Feeding Times.
Every year the South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition recognizes a person, melanoma group, or other entity for their support of breastfeeding through the Sharon Spriggs Gold Ribbon Award.
Join the South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition. Please complete the form below and send all required information to the address provided on the form. You may mail payment, hospital or use our PayPal secured payment system.

There are so many wonderful benefits for members:

  • Collaboration with leading individuals, visit web organizations and institutions in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding
  • Opportunity to network with local, state, and national organizations
  • Access to professional education and training including CERPs
  • Recognition as member in SC’s only state-level breastfeeding organization
  • Opportunities for grants, support, and special recognition for individuals and organizations
  • Ability to influence breastfeeding policy through advocacy and political action
  • And much more!


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2017 Business Membership Form  (printable form)

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Both mothers and children benefit from breast milk as breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from bacteria and viruses. Breastfed children have fewer ear, decease respiratory and urinary tract infections and have diarrhea less often. Infants who are exclusively breastfed tend to need fewer health care visits, rehabilitation prescriptions and hospitalizations resulting in a lower total medical care cost compared to never-breastfed infants. Breastfeeding also provides long-term preventative effects for the mother, including an earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight and a reduced risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer and osteoporosis.
In the United States, anaemia a majority of mothers have returned to the workplace by the time their infants are six months old. Continuation of breastfeeding after returning to work is facilitated if the employer offers a lactation support program. The evidence demonstrates that supportive policies and programs at the workplace enable women to continue providing human milk for their infants for significant periods after they return to work. High-quality lactation programs go beyond just providing time and space for breastmilk expression, but also provide employees with breastfeeding education, access to lactation consultation, and equipment such as high-grade, electric breast pumps. Currently, only a quarter of U.S. employers provide breastfeeding employees with a place to express breast milk at the workplace.
The following employers have met all the criteria to earn designation as Mother-Friendly Employers. The Coalition is committed to helping employers become Mother-Friendly workplaces. There are so many wonderfully supportive employers in our state, capsule our list is continuously growing. Breastfeeding support at the workplace can positively impact the bottom line by lowering healthcare costs, enhancing productivity, decreasing absenteeism, improving employee satisfaction, increasing retention and improving corporate image.

The following companies are Mother-friendly Employers in South Carolina.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
Colleton Medical Center
Georgetown Memorial Hospital
Greenville Memorial Hospital
Greer Memorial Hospital
Lander University
Municipal Association of South Carolina
Palmetto Health Baptist Easley
Piedmont Medical Center
Roper St. Francis Hospital
Roper St. Francis, The Mt. Pleasant Hospital
Select Health of South Carolina
Summerville Medical Center
Trident Medical Center
University of South Carolina – Healthy Carolina
Tidelands Health
Clemson University
USC Lancaster
Breastfeeding is the gold standard of infant feeding due to multiple health benefits to mother and baby. This method of feeding is endorsed by many professional groups including The World Health Organization, information pills the American Academy of Pediatrics, pharmacist the USDA, and many others. South Carolina has encouraged breastfeeding and acknowledged it as a public right.

Breastfeeding support at the workplace can positively impact the bottom line by lowering healthcare costs, enhancing productivity, decreasing absenteeism, improving employee satisfaction, increasing retention and improving corporate image. The workforce is changing dramatically. More than 50% of adult women are in the workforce. Two-thirds of new employees will be women starting or returning to work. Seventy five percent of working women become pregnant during their working lives.

The Coalition is committed to helping employers become Mother-Friendly workplaces. We can support you through the process by providing you with: copies of The Business Case for Breastfeeding (a comprehensive toolkit for developing a workplace program), resources in your community, example programs and policies from other Mother-Friendly Employers, and in some cases – grant funding to facilitate the process.

Criteria

Support — Employers will have a draft lactation support policy that is at least in the beginning stages of the adoption process. After 1 yr, the policy must be in place to maintain Mother-Friendly designation.

Time – Employees must have flexible break time to maintain lactation

Education – The lactation support policy and program should be communicated initially to all employees, and then continue to be communicated to pregnant employees. Employer provides a list of community resources for breastfeeding support.

Place – To support women who need to use a breast pump at work, employers should make reasonable efforts to provide a place for using the pump. The space must be clean, private, have adequate lighting, an electrical outlet, and not be a bathroom. It should have access nearby to a clean safe water source and a sink.

Incentives

  • Website listing as Mother-Friendly Employer on:
    • South Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition website (http://www.scbreastfeedingcoalition.org)
  • Framed Certificate indicating Mother-Friendly Employer designation
  • “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” Decal for display
  • Invitation to recognition ceremony at Coalition October Celebration
  • Multiple employer benefits

Contact our steering committee for more information:  scbreastfeedingcoalition@gmail.com