Breastfeeding woman in cafe

The Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH), based at Eastern Virginia Medical School, celebrated World Breastfeeding Month in August by presenting the 2017 Businesses Investing in Babies (BIB) Awards Thursday, Aug. 17.

The annual awards recognize local businesses, organizations and individuals that have invested in the health and well-being of babies and moms by participating in the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Initiative and Breastfeeding Welcome Here program. View photos from the event here. The 2017 champion award winners are:

2017 Breastfeeding Welcome Here Champion Award

Suffolk Public Libraries

2017 Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Champion Award

Children’s Harbor

NASA Langley Child Development Center

“All three champions have shown an unwavering commitment to the health of moms and babies in our community,” says Sara Rothenberg, Assistant Director of CINCH.

The directors and staff at NASA Langley Child Development Center and Children’s Harbor have attended the breastfeeding advocacy training provided by CINCH, she explains. Likewise, all three Suffolk Public Library locations have held breastfeeding trainings for their staff. NASA Langley Child Development Center and Children’s Harbor have outstanding bonding rooms, which allow moms to nurse and bond with their babies in a quiet, relaxing space. All three champions proudly display the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” signage at their organizations.

Recipients of the 2017 Businesses Investing in Babies Awards are:

2017 Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Awards

Building Blocks Preschool

Childcare Network #62

Childcare Network #63

Children's Harbor Olde Towne

Children's Harbor Harbourview

Children's Harbor Ghent

Fast Track Learning Centers

Kempsville KinderCare

KInderCare Independence

KinderCare Silverleaf

King's Kids Child Care

La Petite Academy # 7143

Little Steps Academy

NASA Langley Child Development Center

Noah's Ark Christian School

Tots Around the Clock Newport News

Tots Around the Clock Virginia Beach


2017 Breastfeeding Welcome Here Awards

Beir Garden

Bella Monte

BrickHeadz LLC

Cafe Stella

Captain Groovy's Grill and Rawbar

Effingham Street Family YMCA

Funville Playground and Cafe

Graham & Rollins Hampton Seafood Market

Green Onion

Hampton Public Libraries

Hampton Health Department

Higher Vision Studios

Indulge Bakery and Bistro

Jersey Mike's Subs

The Little Gym of Chesapeake

The Little Gym of Virginia Beach

Newport News Public Libraries

Norfolk WIC

Olde Towne Drug Center Pharmacy

Once Upon a Child

Pigtails & Crewcuts

Paper Source

Peninsula Health District

Portsmouth Public Libraries

Pott's N' Paints

Proteje Unisex Salon and Spa

Sandfiddler Café

Shotz Portrait Studio

Suffolk Public Libraries

Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

Teka North America


Virginia Beach Public Libraries


Before the awards presentation, CINCH conducted Breastfeeding Advocacy Training for anyone interested in helping to create a breastfeeding-friendly community in Hampton Roads.

For more information about CINCH’s breastfeeding advocacy programs, visit, call 757.446.6039 or email