Local Union Gap Retailer Recognized for Supporting Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Winner: Burlington Stores, 2520 Rudkin Rd.
YAKIMA – Breastmilk and breastfeeding has many proven health benefits for both babies and mothers alike, and associates at the Burlington store location in Union Gap nominated their workplace for excellence in providing support for breastfeeding mothers.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC), in partnership with the Yakima Health Equity Forum, a student organization of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, presented the local Burlington location with its Employer Excellence in Breastfeeding Support award on Friday, August 4. The presentation was part of World Breastfeeding Week and took place at the national off-price retailer’s Union Gap location.
Nominations were solicited at WIC program offices, community events, and via social media. Other area businesses nominated include Washington Beef Inc., Sun Terrace Prosser, Tree Top Inc., Best Practices Medical Clinic, Oakridge Montessori, Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, The Nest, Yakima County WSU Extension, and Toppenish Community Hospital.
YVFWC WIC Dietitian Stacy Hackenmueller says, “Employers like Burlington, 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 other ways to innovate and help their employees and children be healthier.”
“The 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 and customers at Burlington Stores are welcomed with open arms.
“At Burlington, we fully support breastfeeding mothers and strive to make those that choose to breastfeed in our stores as comfortable as possible. For our associates and customers, we provide a room for those who wish to breastfeed in private and in select store locations, we have a lactation room available. Additionally, customers who wish to breastfeed in more public areas of our stores are welcome to do so,” stated David Watters, Regional Vice President, Burlington Stores.
The WABA World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year from August 1st through the 7th in more than 176 countries.*****
About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 141,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 57 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: www.yvfwc.com