LGMC Named a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace
Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) has been designated a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champion by the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Center and the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. LGMC received the designation for providing time, space and support for employees who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies.
As a Breastfeeding Workplace Champion, LGMC is listed on the education center’s website, along with other breastfeeding-friendly workplaces across the state.
The Louisiana Workplace Breastfeeding Support Program says that businesses that support breastfeeding employees have lower health care costs, lower turnover, higher productivity and morale, and a more positive public image.
To qualify as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champion, workplaces must offer:
- Reasonable break time for working mothers to pump breast milk each time they need throughout the day;
- One or more permanent breastfeeding rooms, or a clean, private and safe space with an outlet that mothers can use for lactation when needed;
- A working sink near the breastfeeding location where mothers can clean pumping equipment;
- Lactation support communicated to all current and future employees.
Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champions also have written policies to support breastfeeding in the workplace.
The Mary Amelia Center recognizes businesses as breastfeeding-friendly to honor the work that family-friendly businesses are doing to support the health and well-being of women and children in the community.
LGMC was successfully recertified in April as a GIFT Designated facility by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, effective through March 2016. A GIFT (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) facility is recognized as having implemented “The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.” LGMC was the first hospital in Acadiana to achieve GIFT certification, when it was first certified in 2008.
LGMC staffs three internationally certified lactation consultants, three certified lactation counselors, as well as nurses trained as breastfeeding educators.