Welcome to Nevada Breastfeeds
Breastfeeding. Good for Parents. Good for Babies. Good for Business.
Our goal is to share education and resources for parents, businesses and the healthcare industry to support and promote breastfeeding in Nevada.
Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby.
Breastfeeding in Public
Breastfeeding in public can feel overwhelming when you are first starting out. Some mothers feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public. You have the right to breastfeed your baby wherever and whenever your baby is hungry. There are laws that protect breastfeeding mothers.
Get Information on Breastfeeding
New Parent Resources
Learn about breastfeeding before the baby arrives! There are many health benefits of breastfeeding for both you and baby, and resources you may want to familiarize yourself with before giving birth. Helpful topics include:
- How to properly handle and store breast milk.
- Learn your rights if you plan to breastfeed when you return to work or school or if you wish to breastfeed in public.
- Join a local breastfeeding coalition or support group. If you are on WIC, see what resources are available to you once baby arrives.
- Find a Baby-Friendly Hospital to deliver at, or take steps to protect breastfeeding in your birth plan.
Remember, breast milk is the perfect food for your baby!
Learn about Breastfeeding Businesses
Join the list of businesses that are pledging to be breastfeeding-friendly! Learn about Nevada law and best practices for having babies in the workplace. Breastfeeding mothers need all the support they can get. By taking the “Breastfeeding Welcomed Here” pledge you agree to provide an environment where breastfeeding mothers are able to sit anywhere and enjoy a welcoming attitude from staff, other patrons,management or fellow employees while breastfeeding.
Learn about Baby Friendly Hospitals
Healthcare Industry Resources
Become a Baby Friendly hospital and learn about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Includes resources for hospitals to promote breastfeeding in the healthcare setting, and information on how your hospital can change, even without becoming “Baby Friendly,” to help increase Nevada’s breastfeeding rates.
Baby Friendly Nevada Hospitals
The following hospitals have earned the Baby Friendly Hospital designation in Nevada. Thank you for supporting breastfeeding at your health care establishments!
Because All Babies Deserves the Best We Can Give
Nevada Legislation Protecting Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Governor Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 113 into law June 1, 2017. The bill requires certain employers to make accommodations for nursing mothers in the workplace. If you’d like to learn more about what this new law means for our State and nursing mothers in the workplace.
2012 Nevada Hospital Assessment Report
In 2011, the Surgeon General issued a Call to Action To Support Breastfeeding, which cited the hospitals’ responsibility to assist women in their goal to successfully breastfeed, as it is in the hospital that women begin to fulfill their decision in addition to meeting the Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Goals. As a result, Nevada conducted their own hospital assessment, which you may access from the link below.
Good for Moms & Babies
Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby, providing the perfect combination of protein, fat and carbohydrates in addition to hormones, antibodies and prebiotics to support your infant’s nutrition.
Establishing a Lactating Room at Work
On March 30, 2010 the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated some employers to provide a space, not a bathroom, in which female employees can express milk for their children as needed. See below for resources and ideas on how to establish a lactation room at work.
Breastfeeding Welcomed Here
The goal of this campaign is to encourage more women to breastfeed their babies and breastfeed for a longer duration by making our community friendlier to breastfeeding families. The use of this symbol will be to both alert moms to public locations where they can breastfeed comfortably and to normalize the perception that breastfeeding is normal, accepted and welcomed.