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    For Immediate Release
    November 17, 2017

    Eighth Annual Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards Recognizes DC and Maryland Businesses
    (and 4th Annual Health Care Provider Award)

    The D.C. and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalitions are pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of their Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards. Awardees received this honor at the Awards Luncheon Friday, November 17, 2017 at The Meeting House in Columbia, Maryland. This year shows the largest and most diverse group of awardees yet.

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

    • Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (DC)
    • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (DC)
    • Bolton Partners, Inc. (Baltimore)
    • Catholic Relief Services (Baltimore)
    • Children’s Health Center – Northwest Clinics (DC)
    • Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Schools (Pikesville, MD)
    • Defense Information Systems Agency Wellness Center (Ft. Meade, MD)
    • Edmund Burke School (DC)
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Silver Spring, MD)
    • Garrett County Health Department (Oakland, MD)
    • Girl Scout Council, Nation’s Council (DC)
    • James G. Davis Construction (Rockville, MD)
    • KAI Research, Inc. (Rockville, MD)
    • Kivvit (DC)
    • The Literacy Lab (DC)
    • Sumit Bhutani, MD, LLC (Westminster, MD)
    • Trustify (Arlington, VA)
    • Towson University (Towson, MD)
    • University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology (Baltimore)
    • Visit Baltimore (Baltimore)

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

    The 4 Health Care Provider Awardees are:

    • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Ob/Gyn (Baltimore)
    • Children’s Health Center – Northwest Clinics (DC)
    • Laura Lieberman, MD PA (Westminster, MD)
    • Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates (Mt. Airy, MD)

    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. “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. Previous winners have

    “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.

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    For more information on the Regional Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace and Health Care Provider Awards program, contact Dr. Dana Silver at president@mdbfc.org or Dr. Sahira Long at slong@dcbfc.org