St. Ann’s Community achieves Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite designation
St. Ann’s Community was designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite by the Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Coalition.
To achieve the designation, St. Ann’s Community had to meet certain levels of criteria outlined by the coalition and the New York State Department of Health. These criteria include, but are not limited to, writing corporate policies to support breastfeeding employees, providing designated private spaces for expressing milk and offering flexible scheduling to support milk expression during work hours.
The Rochester Regional Breastfeeding Coalition began out of a grant from the Department of Health titled “Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities.” The grant was designed to create and expand community-based breastfeeding coalitions, as well as increase the number of worksites that provide accommodations and support for breastfeeding employees.
“We are very proud to have earned this designation, and we will continue to actively support this initiative,” said Bob Bourg, vice president of Organizational Development at St. Ann’s Community. “It’s essential to create a safe, comfortable environment that provides a true benefit to women and their young children. Our goal is to eliminate the barriers that exist in the workplace and ensure that we give all working moms the support they deserve.“
St. Ann’s Community is partnering with the many Rochester-based breastfeeding friendly workplaces that promote the health and wellness of their employees.