2023 DC/Maryland Breastfeeding-Friendly Awards

Apr 22, 2023 | Breastfeeding

Woman breastfeeding baby for maryland breastfeeding-friendly awards
The D.C. and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalitions are excited to announce the 2023 recipients of their Breastfeeding-Friendly Awards! Awardees were recognized at a ceremony today.

This year’s Awardees:

CHILDCARE:

  • Busy Bees Childcare – Church Hill, MD
  • Homewood Early Learning Center – Baltimore, MD
  • UPO @ Frederick Douglass – Washington, DC

HEALTHCARE PROVIDER:

  • Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics – Washington, DC and New Carrollton, MD
  • Healthy Home Pediatrics – Washington, DC
  • Lactation Room – Mt. Airy, MD
  • Strong Ties – Rockville, MD

WORKPLACE:

  • Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics – Washington, DC and New Carrollton, MD
  • Homewood Early Learning Center – Baltimore, MD – Childcare and Workplace Award

“Every current and past awardee is a role model for our region. We are proud to honor them all.” says Dr. Dana Silver, Past President of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition. DCBFC and MBC are nonprofit organizations, which unite breastfeeding advocates, healthcare providers, and families. They provide a forum for the development and exchange of resources and foster the establishment of breastfeeding as the normal way to nurture infants. Since 2010, the Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award has been granted to well over 140 businesses, recognizing demonstrated support for breastfeeding through a conducive office environment.

“Despite federal and local requirements, some nursing mothers still do not receive sufficient support from their employers. These awards highlight and applaud businesses, childcare providers, and healthcare providers who are doing their best to support women in DC and Maryland,”

says Dr. Jessica Nash, Co-Secretary of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition.

Our Workplace Award recognizes businesses that have demonstrated support for breastfeeding through a conducive office environment. Our Healthcare Professional Awards, which began in 2014, recognize demonstrated support for breastfeeding in the office, along with education of fellow healthcare professionals, office staff, and families. Lastly, our Childcare Provider Award, launched in 2021, acknowledges the critical role daycare providers play in supporting breastfeeding. Based on the number of amenities and processes in place to support breastfeeding, nominees received the tiered awards at a gold, silver, or bronze level.

For more information on the DC/Maryland Breastfeeding-Friendly Awards program, contact Dr. Dana Silver (media@mdbfc.org) or Dr. Jessica Nash (jnash@dcbfc.org ). Please also see web stories and photos of the Workplace Award recipients on our websites, www.dcbfc.org and www.mdbfc.org.

Sarah Early - MSN, APRN-FNP-C, IBCLC

Sarah Early, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, IBCLC, is a clinically trained Integrative and Functional Health Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in women's health and is the owner of Peony Women's Integrative Health and Lactation Room. She graduated with a Master's in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner with high distinction and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Sarah has been a practicing International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2011 and opened Lactation Room in 2014. Lactation Room specializes in supporting parent/baby dyads who are struggling with infant oral dysfunction, feeding difficulties, and tongue-and-lip ties. They earned the prestigious IBCLE Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Lactation Room for excellence in lactation care. She is a member of ILCA, USLCA, MBC, AANP, IATP, and MBC.