The World Breastfeeding Week annual awareness campaign 2015, celebrated August 1st through 7th, is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding (WABA), a global network of organizations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide. The theme this year was “Breastfeeding and work – let’s make it work!” WABA called for concerted global action to support women working inside and outside the home and to help ensure they have proper supports in their efforts to breast feed.
Marybeth Lahey, MSN, RN NE-BC, nurse manager of the Well Mother and Baby Unit, and other Women’s Health nurses were available during lunch hours in the Elm Garden Cafeteria throughout World Breastfeeding Week to answer questions about breastfeeding best practices and ways to make breast feeding work in the workplace.
PAH has received multiple formal recognitions for being an exemplary breastfeeding friendly employer and continues to lead by example. “It is so wonderful to see our breastfeeding employees returning to work with confidence,” said Pamela Power DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CENP, the clinical director of Women’s Health at PAH. “We see them interacting with ICN moms in the lactation room, we see them supporting each other through the day. We are so proud that we’ve been able to support that through education, the provision of supplies, and the allocation of space. I really need to credit our lactation team and our Human Resources team for being determined to make this a great place for a nursing mom to return to work.”
PAH showed its support of World Breastfeeding with events throughout the week.