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Local Business Recognized for Supporting Breastfeeding in the Workplace

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August 6, 2019
YVFWC flag logo for story about local business, Costco Member Service Centers in Yakima, WA winning award for supporting breastfeeding in the workplace.

YAKIMA – Breastmilk and breastfeeding have many proven health benefits for both babies and mothers alike. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is recognizing local employers who go the extra mile to support mothers in their breastfeeding journeys.

Employees at Costco Member Service Centers nominated the local employer for the 2019 Employer Excellence in Breastfeeding Support award, for excellence in providing support for mothers returning to work and breastfeeding. 

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in partnership with the Yakima Health Equity Forum, a student organization of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, will present Costco Member Service Centers with the award on Wednesday, August 7, at 3 p.m. at Costco Member Service Centers (1700 N. 6th St.) in Yakima. The presentation is part of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7.

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic WIC Dietitian Stacy Hackenmueller says, “Employers like Costco Member Service Centers, who go above and beyond to support breastfeeding in the workplace, deserve recognition for their efforts. I look forward to other area employers learning about this important topic and finding ways to innovate and help their employees and children be healthier.”

“Women who want to continue breastfeeding after they return to work face major obstacles,” says Hackenmueller. “However, employees at Costco Member Service Centers are welcomed with open arms.”

“At Costco, one of our core values is taking care of our employees. Providing new mothers with convenient, comfortable facilities, and adequate time to use them, is one way to take care of our employees. We value all our employees, and we make it a priority to support them,” says Roy Dunn, General Manager, Costco Member Service Centers.

Nominations were solicited at WIC program offices, community events, and via social media. Other area businesses nominated include: Cadwell Industries, Pexco Aerospace, Washington State Department of Ecology, Baker Produce, Virginia Mason Memorial, A La Mode Salon & Spa, Heritage University, Selah Gymkids, Pacific Steel & Recycling, and Union Gospel Mission.