Mercy Hospital receives state breastfeeding-friendly recognition
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has named Mercy Hospital as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace for its contributions to the health of mothers and their babies.
MDH recognizes workplaces and county health departments that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting breastfeeding mothers by creating a workplace lactation support program.
This is the second recognition Mercy has received for its workplace lactation support program. Earlier this year, Mercy received the 2015 Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Recognition Award from the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition.
Breastfeeding is a foundational way to ensure that babies receive optimal nutrition during the first formative years of life. Studies show that infants who are breastfed have better health outcomes as they grow. MDH recognized organizations that have taken a leadership role to improve breastfeeding rates and meet Healthy 2020 goals.
The MDH designation acknowledges Mercy’s commitment to acting as a model for the community by supporting healthy families and receiving the business benefits of supporting nursing mothers. The designation is achieved by adopting a written policy and educating staff about it; ensuring adequate break time for breastfeeding employees; providing a clean, private place to pump breast milk; and demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting breastfeeding in the workplace.
Mercy was one of seven employers recognized by MDH at the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting on Oct. 23 in Duluth.
This is the first year of MDH’s recognition program, which was created and supported by the state Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP).