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    For Immediate Release
    November 15, 2019

    Tenth Annual Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards Recognizes DC and Maryland Businesses
    (and Sixth Annual Health Care Provider Award)

    The D.C. and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalitions are pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of their Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards. Awardees received this honor at the Awards Luncheon Friday, November 15, 2019 at Martha’s Table at The Commons in Washington, DC. This year shows the largest and most diverse group of awardees yet.

    The 32 businesses receiving the
    Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award this year:

    Accenture Federal Services Environmental Protection Agency, Headquarters Perkins Eastman
    Adventist HealthCare Fahrney-Keedy Senior Living Community Pompeian Inc
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists International Youth Foundation Ritchie Park Elementary School
    AstraZeneca Johns Hopkins Lactation Support Program Save the Children Federation Inc.
    Avalon Consulting John Snow, Inc. SECU of Maryland
    Baltimore County Public Library, Woodlawn Branch The Maryland Pediatric Group St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services
    Charles County Government Mary’s Center Third Way
    Child First Authority Metropolitan AME Church Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of MD
    Commerce Title Company, Inc Nestle USA University of Maryland Medical Center
    Continental Realty Corporation Network for Good Vox Media
    DC Health Open Works Baltimore
    • The 2019 Health Care Provider Awardee: The Maryland Pediatric Group
    • This year, three sites also received Special Commendations for providing extra or unique supports to breastfeeding families:
      • Anne Arundel County Public Schools – for establishing the first lactation accommodation policy for a Maryland public school system.
      • University of Maryland Medical Center Medical ICU and Emergency Department – for creating additional unique supports in busy areas, when employees could not reach the larger lactation rooms.

    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.

    Work-site 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.  “Despite this, some nursing mothers still do not receive sufficient supports from their employers. The Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards seek to highlight and applaud businesses who are doing their best to support women in the workplace,” says Dr. Jessica Nash, Co-Secretary 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 wished to recognize the supports they receive. Each site was unique. Supports ranged from a small comfortable room to a large program replete with lactation consultants, supplies 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. These included support and education, as well as 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. Jessica Nash (jnash@dcbfc.org ).  Please also see web stories and photos of the Workplace Award recipients on our websites, www.dcbfc.org and www.mdbfc.org .