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ASPPH Receives Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award

On Friday November 17, ASPPH received the Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award given by the DC and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalitions. Ms. Jamie Atchison and Ms. Rachel Porter attended the event to accept the Silver-level award on behalf of ASPPH. The ASPPH office is equipped with a space designed for a mother to express milk, aligning with the 2010 Affordable health Care Act that requires employers to provide time and space for mothers to pump. 

[Photo: Ms. Rachel Porter (left) and Ms. Jamie Atchison]

The 22 businesses receiving the Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award this year include:

*In addition, University of Maryland Baltimore received a Special Commendation for continuing to expand the supports provided since receiving their award in 2010.

The four Health Care Provider Awardees are:

DCBFC and MBC are nonprofit organizations, which unite breastfeeding advocates, health care providers, and families. They provide a forum for the development and exchange of resources and foster the establishment of breastfeeding as the normal way to nurture infants.

Worksite support of employees enrolled in a company-provided lactation support program is a win-win situation. Employers benefit through increased rates of retention, employee satisfaction and morale. The health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby equate to decreased health care and insurance costs, and a reduction in sick leave requests to care for an ill child.

The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act stipulates that employers must provide reasonable break time and a space, other than a bathroom, for a mother to express her milk.  “Yet, some nursing mothers still do not receive these supports in their place of work. The Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards seek to highlight and applaud businesses who are doing their best to support women in the workplace”, says Dr. Sahira Long, president of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition.

“The businesses receiving these awards serve as role models for our region.  Many of the awardees were nominated by their employees, who wanted to recognize the supports they receive from their employers. Supports ranged from a small room to a large program replete with lactation consultants and support groups. We are so proud to honor them all.” says Dr. Dana Silver, Past President of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition.

Businesses were judged based on their size and the accommodations they provided to breastfeeding employees (breastfeeding support and education, and the time and space for mothers to breastfeed and/or pump breast milk in the workplace).   Based on the number of amenities and processes to support breastfeeding, businesses received the awards at Gold, Silver or Bronze level.

Criteria for Health Care Provider Awards were based on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s Breastfeeding-Friendly Physician’s Office Protocol. These offices represent healthcare providers who go the extra mile to support their tiniest patients and their mothers.

For more information on the Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace and Health Care Provider Awards program, contact Dr. Dana Silver (president@mdbfc.org) or Dr. Sahira Long (slong@dcbfc.org ).  Please also see web stories and photos of the Workplace Award recipients on our websites:  www.dcbfc.org and www.mdbfc.org .