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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Looking for Employer Nominations

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March 20, 2019
Nominations sought for 2019 Employer Excellence in Breastfeeding Support Award for Yakima Valley businesses.

Nominations sought for 2019 Employer Excellence in Breastfeeding Support Award.

Breastmilk and breastfeeding has many proven health benefits for both babies and mothers alike, and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is seeking nominations of employers who demonstrate excellence in providing support for breastfeeding mothers.

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, in partnership with the Yakima Health Equity Forum, a student organization of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, is hosting the fifth annual, 2019 Employer Excellence in Breastfeeding Support Award. The winner will be announced during World Breastfeeding Week in August.

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Dietitian Stacy Hackenmueller says, “Employers who go above and beyond to support breastfeeding in the workplace deserve recognition for their efforts.”

“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.

Workplace breastfeeding support might look like:

  • A private pumping or nursing area with

    • a comfortable chair

    • an electrical outlet

  • A small table for pumping

  • A sink with running water for clean up

  • A flexible break schedule for pumping

Gold Star employers might also include

  • An in-room refrigerator for breast milk storage

  • Affordable onsite childcare

Nominations for Yakima Valley employers will be accepted until July 15, 2019 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFaward