GCPH family is growing; encourages breastfeeding in the workplace

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The Greene County Public Health family is growing! Pictured below is (L-R) Kristianna and her baby boy, Solomon, and Gates, with his mother, Jillian. These two health educators enjoy having their babies with them during the work day due to the support of GCPH and its breastfeeding policy. 

As a public health agency, the health district recognizes the health benefits of breastfeeding to both mothers and infants. The purpose of this policy is to promote a breastfeeding-friendly work environment that recognizes mothers’ responsibilities to their infants and their jobs and reduces barriers to breastfeeding once the employee returns to work. This policy also ensures compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, protecting an employee’s right to break time to express milk in the workplace. The health district’s Breastfed Infant-at-Work program encourages new mothers to return to work sooner by allowing them to bring their infant to work with them until the child is 180 days old (3 months) or begins to crawl, whichever comes first. These employees also have the ability to consult with the Women Infants and Children (WIC) breastfeeding peer helpers for assistance and educational materials.

If you are interested in learning more about programs that benefit your little ones, visit our Maternal and Child Health programs at the following links: