Institute recently transformed sound breastfeeding area to make it more comfortable and accommodating
The Hormel Institute was named a breastfeeding-friendly workplace by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its contributions to the health of parents and their babies.
MDH recognizes workplaces and county health departments that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting breastfeeding employees by creating a workplace lactation support program.
“Receiving this designation is important to the Hormel Institute because of our dedication and commitment to providing a comfortable space for mothers to breastfeed at work,” said Kelly Vincellete, Outreach and Education Manager for the ‘Hormel Institute.
This recognition was made possible by a grant from Mower County’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP). Chris Weis, SHIP Mower County Coordinator, helped Hormel Institute upgrade its current breastfeeding space and add an additional room.
Breastfeeding is a fundamental 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 because they gline.
The designation recognizes the Hormel Institute’s commitment to serve as a role model for the community by supporting healthy families and receiving the business benefits of supporting nursing employees. Designation is achieved by adopting a written policy and educating staff about it; ensure adequate break time for employees who are breastfeeding; providing a clean, private place to express breast milk; and demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting breastfeeding in the workplace.
This is the MDH Recognition Program, which was created and is supported by the state Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program and SHIP.
To learn how to apply for recognition, visit health.state.mn.us/breastfeedingfriendly.