Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sinai Hospital Honored as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace

Sinai Hospital has won an award for being a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace, the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Monday.

August was Breastfeeding Month in Maryland, and DHMH recognized employers through the state whose programs and policies that support new mothers upon their return to work.

Employers who provide a private, clean space and short breaks for nursing mothers reap the benefits, such as less absences and lower health care costs. Breastfed babies tend to have have fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations, and need fewer prescriptions. Studies estimate a $400 savings on health care in just the first year of life for every breastfed baby.
Plus, allowing new mothers to breastfeed leads to higher morale and productivity.

LifeBridge Health has previously received the March of Dimes designation as a "pregnancy friendly" workplace. The criteria to receive that recognition includes providing a private area where lactating women can pump and store breast milk.

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