• 08.01.2015

    Nominations are now open for the 6th Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Awards and the 2nd Annual Healthcare Provider Office Awards!

    The DC Breastfeeding Coalition (DCBFC) and the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) join hands once again to recognize work sites within the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia who are committed to promoting and protecting their female employees’ rights to provide human milk to their infants as long as they may choose. Sixty businesses have been honored with this award since 2010.

    For the second year the Coalitions will also be recognizing Healthcare Provider offices (OB, Pediatric and Family Practice) that promote and support breastfeeding through the combination of a conducive office environment and education of healthcare professionals, office staff and families. Please see and share our press release and nomination forms for the Workplace Awards and Healthcare Provider Offices Awards .

  • 05.20.2015

    Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition is preparing to launch a Breastfeeding Welcome Here campaign to foster a supportive environment for mothers to breastfeed their babies in public. Through the campaign, local businesses will place a “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” logo in clear view for all to see upon entering the business establishment. The businesses will be encouraged to take a pledge to provide a welcoming environment, where breastfeeding mothers may sit in any area open to the general public and enjoy a friendly attitude from staff and management while breastfeeding. Staff members will also be trained on how to handle complaints about breastfeeding, and will inform those who raise concerns that breastfeeding in public is protected by Maryland law. The aim of the campaign is to build public awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding in public and to increase breastfeeding duration by empowering women to breastfeed in public in safe locations. Click here for more information.

  • 01.06.2015

    Effective 8/1/12 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) expanded health plan coverage to include breastfeeding support and supplies. Breast pump coverage will vary among insurance plans, so check with your insurance policy handbook or call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card to find out the details of your benefits. Some insurance companies were grandfathered out of this requirement, but this number should dwindle over time. Before calling your insurance company we recommend you talk with an individual knowledgeable about breastfeeding (such as a lactation consultant) about which pump is best for your situation. This is especially important if your baby is in the NICU or you plan on returning to work and will need to pump on a regular basis to build up or maintain your milk supply. Often insurance companies require a “Letter of Medical Necessity” or a prescription from your healthcare provider. You can find a sample letter here.

    For more information on insurance coverage of breast pumps, click here. For information on Federal support, click here.


Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week
Maryland celebrates breastfeeding in August.

Click here to learn more about what is happening in Maryland.
Funding Opportunity for Maryland Businesses
The CDC has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to provide funding for businesses to create or improve a supportive environment for breastfeeding women. Up to $2500 per business is available. There will be up to 12 awards. Two core requirements are that applicants become a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses and that they adopt a breastfeeding support policy for employees. Application deadline is June 5th.
Click here for announcement.
MedStar Franklin Square Hospital Goes Baby Friendly
Congratulations to MedStar Franklin Square Hospital for becoming Maryland’s 2nd hospital to achieve prestigious Baby Friendly status!
This is a remarkable achievement and recognizes a hospital that has set and reached incredible standards for supporting breastfeeding. They join Shady Grove Adventist Hospital as the only two hospitals to have attained that honor.
Click here for more information.
UMMS Awarded EMPowerment Grant
University of Maryland Medical System recently received a NICHQ EMPowerment grant. EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Practices (EMPower) is a three-year hospital-based quality improvement initiative focusing on maternity practices. Only 100 hospitals across the country received this grant.