Community Breastfeeding Awards

The community breastfeeding awards were first held in 2008 to recognize those in our community who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the promotion, protection and support of the practice of breastfeeding. Categories have included Community Advocate, Legislative Advocate, Breastfeeding Friendly Employer, Breastfeeding Friendly business and Breastfeeding Friendly Daycare. 

Nominations are requested from the community and a panel chooses the finalists. An awards ceremony is held to recognize the finalists. Through media coverage it is hoped to bring positive coverage to the importance of breastfeeding in our community.

Photos from the 2015 Community Breastfeeding Award Ceremony

Photos from the 2014 Community Breastfeeding Award Ceremony

Past Winners

2017
Ninth Annual Community Breastfeeding Awards
Goodman Community Center, Madison
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer: Zimbrick, Inc.
  • Healthcare Award: Patricia Smith, OTR, IBCLC, Nurturing Touch Therapy
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care: Tanya's Big House 4 Kidz, Verona
  • Breastfeeding Advocate:  Kim Reain, RN, IBCLC
  • Distinguished Service: Carol Schwab, RD, CLE
  • Announcement of the Cathy Szudy Lactation Scholarship

2016
Eighth Annual Community Breastfeeding Awards
Goodman Community Center, Madison
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Business/Public Place: Amy Anderson, DC, Bakke Clinic, DeForest
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Large Employer: UW Hospital & Clinics
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Small Employer: Nutrition and Health Associates, Inc, Rock County
  • Healthcare Award: Robbie Sonnentag, Director of Women & Children Service, St. Mary's Hospital
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care: Mariposa Learning Center, Stoughton
  • Breastfeeding Advocate: State Representative Lisa Subeck

2015
Seventh Annual Community Breastfeeding Awards
Olbrich Gardens, Madison
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Business/Public Place: HyVee Store #1184 - Fitchburg
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer: Globe University
  • Healthcare Award: Dean Clinics - Pediatrics
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care: Asra's Family Childcare
  • Breastfeeding Advocate: Mary Vasquez
  • Distinguished Service Award: Hershey Barnett-Bridges, RN

2014
Sixth Annual Community Breastfeeding Awards
Olbrich Gardens, Madison
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Business/Public Place: Madison Public Library - Central Library
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer: J.H. Findorff and Son Inc.
  • Healthcare Award: Meriter Hospital Neonatologists
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Center: Pooh Bear Childcare
  • Breastfeeding Advocate Award: Mothers' Milk Alliance
  • Distinguished Service Award: Cathy Szudy


2013
Fifth Annual Community Breastfeeding Awards
Warner Park Community Center, Madison
2013 Press Release
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Business/Public Place Award: Madison Children’s Museum
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award: Willy Street Co-op
  • Healthcare Award: Anne Ebert, Pharmacist at Meriter Hospital
  • Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Center Award: Childcare Center at ARC
  • Breastfeeding Advocate Award: Laurel Franczek, RRT, La Leche League Leader
  • Distinguished Service Award: Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC, FABM
2012
May 10, 2012. Fourth Annual Community Breastfeeding Awards
Warner Park Community Center.  About 50 people attended.
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Business/Public Place: Sequoya Library
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer: Hill Farms State Transportation Building
  • Healthcare Award: Jill Mallory, MD
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Day Care: Dorothy Bass, Lead Teacher at Wee Start Day Care
  • Breastfeeding Advocate Award: Sue Stowell, RN, IBCLC
  • Distinguished Service Award: Anne Altshuler, RN, MS, IBCLC, La LechLeague Leader

2010
October 7, 2010.  Third Annual Community Breastfeeding Awards
Urban League, 2222 S. Park Street, Madison.  18 people attended. 
Lea Wolf & Alison Dodge’s “Nursing is Normal – Madison” photos on display. 
2010 Press Release

  • Healthcare Advocate: Ingrid Andersson, Community Midwives
  • Breastfeeding Advocate Award: Fred Risser, Wisconsin State Senator
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer: Nicki Maynard, Nicki’s Diapers
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Business: Deanna Foster, RD, Hy-Vee Grocery Store 
2009
October 7, 2009 Second Annual Community Breastfeeding Awards
Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison
Lea Wolf & Alison Dodge’s “Nursing is Normal – Madison” photos on display.
  • Community Advocate Award: Jan Raymond
  • Healthcare Award: Rose Marie Bertrand, Small Miracles
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award: Wingra Family Medical Center
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Public Place Award: Dane County Regional Airport
2008
October 2, 2008. First Community Breastfeeding Awards ceremony
Warner Park Community Center, 1625 Northport Drive, Madison
  • Healthcare Award: Adria Cannon, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader
  • Breastfeeding Advocate: Carousel Andrea Bayrd, Dane County Board Supervisor
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Business/Public Place: Happy Bambino
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Employer: University of Wisconsin Bacteriology Department
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