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Mother-Friendly Business Designation

The Mother-Friendly Business Designation was developed by the BABE Coalition to increase awareness of state breastfeeding policies and provide recognition and support to businesses that are putting these policies into practice to benefit families in our region.

 

TN Public Breastfeeding Policies

 

  1. Tenn. Code Ann. 68-58-101 et seq. (2006) permits a mother to breastfeed an infant in any location, public or private, that the mother is authorized to be, and prohibits local governments from criminalizing or restricting breastfeeding.  Specifies that the act of breastfeeding shall not be considered public indecency as defined by 39-13-511; or nudity, obscene, or sexual conduct as defined in 39-17-901. (HB 3582)
  2. Tenn. Code Ann. 50-1-305 (1999) requires employers to provide daily unpaid break time for a mother to express breast milk for her infant child. Employers are also required to make a reasonable effort to provide a private location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the workplace for this activity. (SB 1856)

 

How to participate:

  1. Ensure that the policies and practices of your business are consistent with state laws. Use the Breastfeeding Welcomed Here Information sheet to help educate employees about the public breastfeeding law. Use the Worksite Lactation Support Information sheet for suggestions of how to support breastfeeding employees.
  2. Submit your application below (click on the APPLY NOW button). If you prefer, you may email a letter on your business letterhead describing how your policies and practices are consistent with state laws.

Email: breastfeedingbenefits@yahoo.com

                                   

What you will receive by participating:

  1. Include your email address and phone number so we can contact you and provide your official designation to display as a Mother-Friendly Business.
  2. The BABE coalition will also officially recognize your business as a Mother-Friendly Business on our website, facebook and twitter pages, and in our community event literature.

 

Suggestions for implementing state policy #1

  1. Display cards or posters indicating that we support breastfeedingg
  2. Educate staff on state law
  3. Consider providing a chair and location for mothers who wish to discretely nurse their babies while visiting your place of business.

 

Suggestions for implementing state policy #2

  1. Allow flexible breaks for employees.
  2. If possible, provide employees with access to a private room that locks and has a chair and an electrical outlet (other than a bathroom).
  3. Provide access to a water source (i.e. sink in the room or nearby).
  4. Provide storage for breast milk (either a refrigerator or place to put personal cooler).
Apply Now
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