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Establishes a standard for ALL employers to express breast milk in the workplace. Employers must:
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Establishes a mother may breastfeed in any place she has a right to be.
Colorado is involved in the national movement to recognize the medical importance of breastfeeding, within the scope of complete pediatric care, and to encourage removal of societal boundaries placed on breastfeeding in public.
Establishes that a person who is breastfeeding a child is eligible for two, 12 month postponements of jury service.
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You have a legal right to express breast milk at work!
“Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act“ – this state law requires every Colorado employer to:
STEP 1: Tell your employer what you know about these laws. Offer suggestions about how they can comply (where you could pump, when you could do it). Explain why breastfeeding your baby will make you a happier, healthier employee. Remind your employer that this is a short term situation. Get tips for approaching your employer, conversation starters and sample letters and education materials for you to give to your employer here.
**An employer’s refusal to let you pump at work or discrimination against you because you asked to is illegal.
STEP 2: Write down what has and/or is happening to you at work in as much detail as you can remember. Document in writing every communication you have with your employer about this issue. Ask your employer (in writing) to go to mediation to try to resolve the issue. If needed, contact COBFC to talk through how to do this or seek additional resources. firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP 3: The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU) – may be able to provide no cost legal services for you. Request assistance from the ACLU.
Private Civil Rights and Employment Attorneys – these attorneys may be able to represent you (often on a contingency fee basis) or help you find another attorney who can:
There may be deadlines to take legal action.
In 2009, the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment presented The Business Case for Breastfeeding.
This two‐day training program was part of a national initiative to increase breastfeeding duration and exclusivity rates among employed breastfeeding women. The goal was to increase workplace lactation support for employed breastfeeding women by conducting effective outreach, education and technical assistance activities with employers.The training included why breastfeeding is good for business, conducting effective outreach with businesses and easy steps to implement a lactation support program at a worksite.Applicants committed to both of the following:
The Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition (COBFC) is offering an opportunity for a COBFC member or local Colorado breastfeeding coalition to apply for funding (up to $500) to offer worksite lactation support. Availability is limited.
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The COBFC is committed to supporting breastfeeding in the workplace. Employers in Colorado who invest in a breastfeeding families have proven to produce a 3 to 1 ROI (return on investment) through less sick days, greater employee retention,and lower healthcare costs.
Are you an employer looking for help supporting breastfeeding employees? Click here for Colorado resources and for county Breastfeeding-Friendly workplace recognition programs.
COBFC Strategic Goal: To lead and collaborate with partners to advocate for breastfeeding support in Colorado on behalf of all breastfeeding families and pass appropriate legislation.
Connect with USBC to ensure your local coalition is on the list!
Roaring Fork VAlley Breastfeeding Task Force (Garfield County area)
San Juan Basin Breastfeeding Coalition
Northwest Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition
Resources for Local Coalitions: