Workplaces Honored For Promoting A Breastfeeding-Friendly Environment

By Brandi Bottalico
The Frederick News-Post, Md.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Dana Silver, of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition, says the Affordable Care Act mandates that women are provided reasonable break time in a place, other than a bathroom, to pump for breast milk. Silver says, “Many workplaces either aren’t aware of this or how easy it is to support women in the workplace.”

The Frederick News-Post, Md.

It was easy for Natalie Winzer to decide to keep breastfeeding when she returned to work from maternity leave.

iHire, where she works, has a room that mothers can use to pump breastmilk into bottles to bring home.

“It was like a no-brainer,” she said.

iHire is one of three Frederick County businesses that recently won a Regional Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace award.

The other two businesses are the Frederick County Bank and Frederick County Department of Social Services.

Winzer said she reserves the room, which is also a meeting room and has a sofa, conference table, whiteboard and projector.

She said she uses the room about three times a day for about 20 minutes at a time. And, co-workers are flexible if she needs to use it at other times.

iHire’s administrative manager, Vickie Krolak, has two children. She remembered that when she was breastfeeding her now 8-year-old she would have to pump at work, but said she was shy because the company was mostly men then. She said she just did it in her office.

Winzer leaves her bag with the pump and containers in the room so she doesn’t need to bring it home.

“Everything I need is here,” Winzer said. “There’s nothing I’d ask for.”

“And if she asked for it, we’d get it,” Krolak added.

Dana Silver, of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition, said the Affordable Care Act mandates that women are provided reasonable break time in a place, other than a bathroom, to pump.

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