Pontiac, MI, August 19, 2015, – The Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition, in collaboration with the Oakland County Health Division's Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program, recognized three local Oakland County organizations with the 2015 Breastfeeding-Friendly Place Award for providing breastfeeding support to their employees and clients. The winners are:
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac (employer category)
- Mom and Baby Shop in Novi (business category)
- Pediatric Care Corner in West Bloomfield (pediatrician's office category)
"Each winner was publicly nominated and rated, based on steps they took to provide a positive environment for breastfeeding mothers," said Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer. "These agencies are true leaders in their efforts to support healthy moms and babies."
Examples of breastfeeding-friendly strategies in place at the top-rated organizations include written policies requiring a breastfeeding supportive environment and a room where clients and/or employees can privately and comfortably breastfeed or express breast milk.
In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics re-affirmed its recommendation that breastfeeding continue for at least the first 12 months of a baby's life. Breast milk helps keep babies healthy by:
- Supplying all the necessary nutrients that baby needs
- Protecting against diseases, infections, allergies, and obesity
- Being easily digested - protects against constipation, diarrhea, or upset stomach
"Breastfeeding supportive environments encourage mothers to start breastfeeding their baby at birth and to continue breastfeeding for several months, including after returning to work," said Jennifer Day, Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition chairperson.
About the Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition
The Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition provides breastfeeding support, networking opportunities, partnership building, advocacy, and program development among community members and professionals. Partners of the coalition include Oakland County Health Division, St. John Providence Hospital-Southfield, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBN), and Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency. For more information about the coalition, visit www.oaklandcountybfingcoalition.weebly.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OCBFCoalition .
About Oakland County Health Division's Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program
WIC is a free, nutrition education program t hat helps eligible families eat well and stay healthy. The program provides nutrition counseling and education, supplemental healthy foods, immunizations, referrals to other health-related services, and support to breastfeeding women up to one year after delivery. The WIC Program is a key partner in the Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition. For more information about WIC, visit https://www.oakgov.com/health/services/Pages/WIC.aspx .
For more information, visit the Oakland County Health Division website at oakgov.com/health or find up-to-date public health information on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC.