Local Union Gap Business Recognized for Supporting Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Winner: Pexco Aerospace
Breastmilk and breastfeeding have many proven health benefits for both babies and mothers alike; and leaders at Pexco Aerospace in Union Gap agree. Pexco Aerospace has offered breastfeeding mothers returning to work time and space to express milk for their new bundles of joy.
Employees at this Yakima-based site nominated their workplace for this year’s 2018 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 Pexco Aerospace with the award on Monday, August 6, at 2 p.m. at Pexco Aerospace, 2405 S. 3rd Ave. in Union Gap. The presentation is part of World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic WIC Dietitian Stacy Hackenmueller says, “Employers like Pexco Aerospace, 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.”
“Local employers who help mothers continue to breastfeed after they return to work not only help ensure the health of their employees and children, they also earn their loyalty, which can reduce turnover and keep these businesses healthy as well,” she added.
Women who want to continue breastfeeding after they return to work face major obstacles, says Hackenmueller. But employees at Pexco Aerospace are welcomed with open arms.
“At Pexco, our employees are part of the family and we take that very seriously. Providing mothers a private, safe and clean environment to express milk is a very basic element to keeping our employees comfortable,” said PEXCO President Joe Glover. “We are incredibly grateful here at Pexco to receive this reward but really feel like this is a simple foundation of employment that we wish was a standard for employment everywhere.”
Nominations were solicited at WIC program offices, community events, and via social media. Other area businesses nominated include: A La Mode Spa and Salon, WSU Yakima County Extension, Yakima Pediatrics, Yakima County Auditors Office, Catholic Charities: Growing Hope Center and Carroll Children’s Center, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Sweet Relief Cannabis Express, DSHS Children’s Administration, Allan Brothers Fruit, and Petco in Richland and Pasco.
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