PLYMOUTH, N.H.––A statewide group advocating the benefits of breast feeding has recognized Plymouth State University with the Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award. The New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force recognizes employers that support breastfeeding in their workplaces; their goal is to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding, which they say is critically important for at least six months after birth for both the infant and mother. Regina Flynn of New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services said PSU has made an extraordinary effort in support of breast feeding.
“PSU was chosen because they have established and maintained comprehensive, high-quality lactation support for their employees,” said Flynn. “The University offers flex-time schedules, on-site child care, they provide educational breastfeeding materials for all expectant parents, lactation rooms and a refrigerator for milk storage.”
Maureen Thibault-Gilbert, Chair of the Task Force, presented the award to PSU.
“The Task Force was very pleased to award PSU for the highest category award and we hope it inspires other colleges and universities to follow their example.”
Stephanie Halter, PSU Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, noted the institution has made a real commitment to facilitate breast feeding.
“I am grateful to work in an environment that values the contributions that women make in our community and supports women in their dual role as a student or employee and mother,” Halter said. “The lactation rooms make it possible for women to breastfeed while pursuing a higher education or employment and send a strong message of equal access to opportunity regardless of motherhood. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women’s members would like to thank Ellen Shippee, David Berona and the many others that supported this initiative.”
Plymouth State University opened its first lactation room in April, 2011 and now has three, located in Lamson Learning Commons, the P.E. Center and Hyde Hall.
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