Businesses that provide support in the workplace to their breastfeeding employees deserve recognition.

The Virginia Workplace Breastfeeding-Friendly Awards recognize the Commonwealth’s champions who have gone above and beyond many federal and state requirements for workplace support, leading the way for family wellness.

Award recipients are evaluated on a set of criteria for three levels of breastfeeding support: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

The Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition, and future Virginians, are grateful to these businesses for their vision and commitment.

Virginia’s Workplace Breastfeeding-Friendly Award program was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Virginia Breastfeeding-Friendly Early Care recognition program can be found here.

Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Workplace lactation programs have proven bottom-line results for business, regardless of sector.

  • Retain employees
  • Reduce costs
  • Improve productivity
  • Lower turnover rates

Applications accepted from June 1st through July 15th.

Designated companies will be promoted by:

Media Outreach

Social Media

Workplace Display Certificate

Recognition by the Virginia Department of Health

We look forward to honoring your business with a certificate, press announcements, website directory listing, and a luncheon ceremony.

Need support to institute or enhance your business’ breastfeeding program?

It is easier than you think to bring the benefits of a lactation program to your employees. The Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition can help! Contact us today.

Educate an employer about the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace designation. Download a flyer here.

award criteria

Three Point Questions

Gold Award Recipients scored over 36 out of 65 points possible.

  • Does this business offer a peer breastfeeding support group?
  • Does this workplace offer education or training about breastfeeding support policy/guidelines for all employees?
  • Does this workplace post or publish the breastfeeding policy/guidelines?
  • Does this workplace’s breastfeeding policy/guidelines contain information about discrimination, flexible breaks, non-bathroom space to pump? The policy must contain all three.
  • Does this workplace provide paid maternity leave, six weeks or more?
  • Does this workplace provide on-site childcare?
  • Does this workplace have a contract with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to provide one-on-one consults for employees paid by employer for pre-natal consults, post-partum consults during maternity leave, or back-to-work consults?
  • Does this workplace provide a designated, private room for pumping/breastfeeding?
  • Does this workplace provide a multi-user pump?
  • Does the workplace provide multiple locations within the facility for pumping or breastfeeding?
Two Point Questions

Silver Award Recipients scored over 8 out of 65 points possible.

  • Does this workplace provide written breastfeeding support policy or guidelines? If yes, please put a link to the breastfeeding policy in the Comment Section below.
  • Does this workplace provide educational training about breastfeeding support policy/guidelines for managers and supervisors?
  • Does this workplace provide a community bulletin board for sharing in the lactation area?
  • Does this workplace provide the ability to work part-time?
  • Does this workplace provide the ability to telecommute?
  • Does this workplace offer job-sharing?
  • Does this workplace offer flex-time? (Flextime allows employees to customize their schedules within a certain range of hours and days.)
  • Does this workplace offer a compressed work week option? (A compressed work schedule allows an employee to work a traditional 35-40 hour workweek in less than the traditional number of workdays.)
  • Does this workplace offer on-site classes, web-based classes, or prenatal classes?
  • Does this workplace offer post-partum, back-to-work on-site or web-based classes?
  • Does this workplace offer breastfeeding resources?
  • Does this workplace offer a comfortable chair in the room?
  • Does this workplace offer a refrigerator for breastmilk storage?
  • In addition to a dedication lactation space, does this workplace offer overflow room(s) as needed?
One Point Questions

Bronze Award Recipients scored up to 8 points out of 65 possible. 

  • Does this workplace provide a verbal agreement between employee and their direct supervisor regarding the break times and space to pump?
  • Does this workplace provide flexible breaks – at least two 15-20 minutes in the morning and afternoon as well as a meal break – during which the employee can express milk or nurse?
  • Does this workplace provide unpaid leave?
  • Does this workplace provide a list of local breastfeeding resources – Human Resources or Occupational Health Department Health or web-based?
  • Does this workplace provide educational packets or materials about breastfeeding for all expectant parents?
  • Does this workplace provide a private area shielded from intrusion with a chair and small table, access to electricity and a nearby working sink?
  • Does this workplace provide an ability for employees to post a “Do Not Disturb” sign or lock the door while the area is in use?

Virginia Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Success Stories

NASA Langley Research Center

“I’ve nominated NASA Langley Research Center for the large company award because, in my opinion, the Center has exceeded expectations to ensure that their employees feel comfortable and are supported in their decision to breastfeed. NASA has set up a support system to ensure employees have access to the necessary information and resources to transition from maternity leave back to work, coordinate with their supervisors, find a secure location, and to ultimately be successful in their choice to breastfeed. Through an internal NASA website, employees are able to find internal resources, policies, guidance and support avenues as well as references to outside resources (i.e. La Leche League, CINCH, and the AAP). Resources are also available to supervisors to assist their employees. 

“NASA Langley currently has 12 official lactation rooms conveniently located throughout the Center with varying amenities based on availability, all are able to be scheduled via Microsoft Outlook. Three rooms have access to Medela Symphony pumps with personal accessories available for purchase at the on-site clinic. All rooms have access to basic needs while some have additional amenities such as in-room refrigerators, adjacent restrooms, laptop docking stations, etc. Our on-site Child Development Center (daycare) features a bonding area with designated stations for mothers to nurse at their convenience during lunch or on breaks. 

“Personally, I am very fortunate to have an incredibly supportive management team who have created a special and exclusively designated space for me to pump. Our building does not have a designated lactation room, so my Deputy Director completely emptied out one of our supply closets and installed a desk, chair, lamp, and laptop connections to make it more convenient for me to pump without having to leave the building.”

Thank you for your consideration,

Alicia Kelly-Eslinger

Reigning Cats and Dogs

“Not only has Monica created a breastfeeding supportive and friendly environment, but she has encouraged a uniquely strong bond and relationship for myself and my daughter by allowing me to have my daughter with me at work up until her first birthday. I have never been away from my daughter for more than a few hours.. this work environment Monica helped create has been instrumental to my breastfeeding success. 

“Not only that, but she also completely cleaned out the little closet and created a great little office for me to nurse, change, and work with the baby- literally hauled cabinets and all sorts of things out of this room to create a safe space for me.

“I’m not exaggerating- if you guys had a titanium diamond level award, she deserves it!!!!”

— Lindsey Nicholson, Store Manager

Virginia Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award Recipients 2019

bon secours – MRMC

Gold Award

bon secours – st. francis hospital

Gold Award

Bon secours – st. mary’s

Gold Award

Capital one

Gold Award

latched mama

Gold Award

NASA Langley research center

Gold Award

newport news shipbuilding – north yard

Gold Award


Gold Award

University of virginia – maxine platzer lynn women’s center

Gold Award

vcu women’s health division

Gold Award

Wawa store 8636

Gold Award

child development resources – williamsburg

Silver Award

Downtown Hampton child development center

Silver Award

genworth financial

Silver Award

Henrico mental health east center

Silver Award

Norfolk Naval Shipyard – Federal Women’s Program

Silver Award

Pfabulous Dentistry

Silver Award

Plamor pools

Silver Award

Reigning cats and dogs

Silver Award

smile wonders

Silver Award

south stafford christian school

Silver Award

teachstone training – charlottesville

Silver Award

teachstone training – palmyra

Silver Award