Mille Lacs County Receives State Breastfeeding-Friendly Recognition

Holly Wilson

Personnel Director/Assistant County Administrator

320-983-8218

hr@millelacs.mn.gov

Mille Lacs County Receives State Breastfeeding-Friendly Recognition

Milaca, Minnesota — Mille Lacs County has been named a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its contributions to the health of breastfeeding employees and their babies.

MDH recognizes workplaces and county health departments that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting breastfeeding families by creating a workplace lactation support program.

In recognition of the well-documented health advantages of breastfeeding for infants and mothers, Mille Lacs County provides a supportive environment to enable breastfeeding employees to express their milk during work hours.

Breastfeeding is a foundational way to ensure that babies receive optimal nutrition during the first formative years of life. Studies show that infants who are breastfed have better health outcomes as they grow. MDH recognizes organizations that take a leadership role to improve breastfeeding rates across Minnesota.

The designation acknowledges Mille Lacs County’s commitment to acting as a model for the community by supporting healthy families and receiving the business benefits of supporting nursing mothers. The designation is achieved by adopting a written policy and educating staff about it; ensuring adequate break time for breastfeeding employees; providing a clean, private place to pump breast milk; and demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting breastfeeding in the workplace.

This is MDH’s recognition program, which was created and is supported by the state Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).

To learn how to apply for recognition, visit www.health.state.mn.us/breastfeedingfriendly

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