The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to implement the Business Case for Breastfeeding (BCFB).
The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition’s strategic plan to implement this program includes:
- Providing one-day or half-day trainings around the state to educate breastfeeding advocates on working with their local businesses to promote lactation-friendly workplaces
- Developing a statewide lactation-friendly worksite recognition program
- Awarded mini-grants to various employers who are working with someone who has been trained to use the Business Case for Breastfeeding and who submit a concrete plan for creating or enhancing a lactation program–(See below for results of our mini-grant projects)
See samples of what has been done with some of our mini grant funds!
Becker County Community Health, awarded $2,000 with another $1,340 in-kind funds provided.
From Becker County Community Health: “Our goal was to have a permanent lactation room available, and increase employees’ knowledge of the importance of lactation and the benefits not only to the families but also to the business as a whole. We did elicit support from stakeholders, including human services director, Nancy Nelson, who was instrumental and bringing these goals to fruition.
Our first possible designated area did not comply as it possibly obstructed roof access. The room that was designated will be dual purpose. The room is available for lactation, and is also used by Children and Family Services to investigate and video-tape maltreatment interviews. The room is more welcoming and comfortable to meet the needs of both groups. Input and suggestions were considered to meet Children’s Services’ needs. This included not having breastfeeding pictures and pamphlets out in the open. Our educational efforts will be in public areas, employee newsletters, and on a one-on-one basis. Breastfeeding information will be available in a basket that can be stored away during interviews. We continue to strive to use our lactation program and room as a model for other businesses in the rest of the county and community as we continue promoting Business Case for Breastfeeding.
Evaluation was utilized throughout the process with feedback from the director, community health supervisor, finance committee, human resources, and input from other departments and employees. A log book and feedback survey is available for participants in the lactation program. Promotion of the program and lactation room will still be in the form of signs throughout the agency, staff education in person and through employee newsletters, and through community channels such as partner sites, newspaper, and radio. We continue working to get an article in the newspaper about our new room.”