The North Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition is working to inform local businesses of the Louisiana law and encouraging them to display the provided Breastfeeding Welcome Here signage (window cling or cardstock sign). This shows mothers and families that this business is committed to the health of Louisiana and allow them to feel more comfortable in feeding their child without fear of discrimination.
We invite businesses to sign THIS PLEDGE to:
- Provide a comfortable, supportive environment for mothers to nurse in their establishment.
- Ensure that all staff members are aware of the project.
- Display the Breastfeeding Welcome Here signage in a highly visible place.
- Provide lactation accommodations (time and space other than a restroom) for their employees.
As a thank you from us you can be featured on our social media accounts and listed on our North Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition website and the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition website.
Breastfeeding Welcome Here
The Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project is focused on helping nursing mothers to be more comfortable feeding their children when in public places. Providing a comfortable, shame-free area for nursing mothers in Louisiana businesses such as shopping venues, libraries, and restaurants means more moms are able to have the freedom to be away from the home longer and enjoy their community more.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Health Benefits for Children:
- Cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness.
- Formula cannot match the chemical makeup of human breast milk.
- Children that are not breastfed have an increased risk of:
– Ear infections
– Severe lower respiratory infections
– Type 1 & 2 diabetes
– Childhood leukemia
– Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Health Benefits for Moms:
- Breastfeeding lowers a woman’s risk of:
– Type 2 diabetes
– Breast cancer
– Ovarian cancer
– Postpartum depression
- Many studies have reported greater weight loss for breastfeeding mothers than for those who don’t.
Breastfeeding Facts. Did You Know?
- Breast milk changes as babies grow
- Breast milk is easy to digest
- Breast milk fights disease
- Breastfeeding saves money
- Breastfeeding is good for mothers health
- Breastfeeding creates less waste that ends up in landfills
Breastfed infants on average need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations, and parents take less time off work to care for a sick child.
“How do I respond when another customer
complains about a woman nursing?”
It is important to validate concerns, as well as educate about the program. “I understand you are concerned, but we are a breastfeeding friendly establishment and participate in the Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project. We have pledged our support for breastfeeding children and their mothers and we also comply with state law that says mothers are free to breastfeed wherever they are allowed to be. Because we support this, we will not ask a nursing mother to leave or cover up. If it makes you uncomfortable, I apologize, is there another place you would like to be seated?” (Note: Solutions will be different for different venues)
“Will my taking a stance on breastfeeding really make a difference?”
Yes. Breastfeeding in public is a big issue, there are women all over the country that have been asked to leave or go to the restroom to feed their child. This not only makes them feel uncomfortable, but makes other moms nervous about nursing their children in public. We have very few visual cues for moms, dads and children that breastfeeding is not something that needs to be hidden or done at home only. This in turn, gives mothers less opportunity to breastfeed when they are out places, and so they may choose to stop nursing earlier than they would like to. The more businesses and other public venues that provide supportive environments for breastfeeding children and their mothers the more babies will receive breastmilk.
“What about modesty? We are a family business and I don’t
think that people will look kindly on a bunch of women having everything hanging out!”
This is an understandable concern, but the vast majority of women who are nursing are extremely discrete. They don’t want to cause a scene or make a statement, they simply want to feed their child without worrying about being scolded.
Thank you for signing the pledge.
This project was adapted from the Consortium for Infant and Child Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School.