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SeHealth receives breastfeeding-friendly awards

Southeastern Health was recently awarded Breastfeeding-Friendly Business and Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace awards by the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC). The award was earned because of the organization’s support of breastfeeding employees, patients and visitors. Over the past year, SeHealth has established an Employee Lactation Lounge within Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) for nursing employees to express milk as well as implemented a policy supporting the use of the designated private space for lactating mothers.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments our facility was able to obtain so far and look forward to many more to come,” said SRMC Lactation Consultant Jenny Philabaum.

Criteria for the business award require that the facility not advertise infant formula directly to customers as well as providing a welcoming and respectful atmosphere for breastfeeding mothers. For the workplace award, SeHealth had to show that they did not advertise infant formula, allow breaks for expression or feedings, as well as provide a private space for expressing milk or nursing that was not a bathroom, was lockable and provided an electrical outlet and hand-washing station.

According to the NCBC, breastfeeding-friendly (BFF) employers benefit from lower health care costs, lower turnover and absenteeism rates, higher productivity and morale.

 


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