B.R.E.A.S.T. Friends is an initiative of B.R.E.A.S.T. Roanoke to engage local businesses and employers in actively supporting breastfeeding families in our area. The project consists of training to area businesses such as restaurants, stores, schools, churches, public venues, etc. on breastfeeding laws and how to accept and support breastfeeding families. B.R.E.A.S.T. Friends also seeks to train employers what employee rights are for pumping when returning to work and providing the best environment necessary for both the mom and the business to be successful. B.R.E.A.S.T. Roanoke feels that this initiative is necessary to help families reach their breastfeeding goals and foster successful and term breastfeeding rates in our area. We feel strongly that breastfeeding requires a village and a community to be successful and we want to identify the businesses that are making the difference by increasing awareness, acceptance, and ease of breastfeeding in public for the families of the Roanoke Valley. Participation in the B.R.E.A.S.T. Friends initiative requires registration and a fee for training and materials. Businesses and employers looking to take part can follow this link to register for our program:
Membership fee is $25 Membership lasts as long as you and your business uphold your commitment to the program. Your official B.R.E.A.S.T. Friends decal will designate your business as a participating member of the program.
We are here to help businesses looking to create a breastfeeding friendly policy and become compliant with state and federal regulations for pumping accommodations. Information about designating a pumping spaces to help your facility provide your employees what they need to meet their breastfeeding goals can be provided upon request.