August 26, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

New Program Encourages Business Support of Breastfeeding

Supporting breastfeeding employees is good for infant, mother and the business bottom line. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department encourages businesses to participate in a new program called the “Business Case for Breastfeeding.”

“We have long known that breastmilk is the perfect food for infants, and that breastfeeding has tremendous benefit for both infant and mother,” says lactation consultant Julie Randolph. “This program also shows the benefit of breastfeeding for businesses who are supportive and accommodating.”

The program provides employees with information on how to continue successfully breastfeeding once they have returned to work after maternity leave. It helps women advocate for changes at their workplace. It also encourages businesses to support breastfeeding mothers with small changes, at no cost to the employer, such as providing a private setting for breastfeeding or pumping, offering flexible breaks and work options, making education and resources available, and encouraging a positive attitude agency-wide toward breastfeeding.

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For more information on the program, call 417-851-1583 or visit www.springfieldmo.gov/health.

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