St. Luke’s has been recognized as a breastfeeding friendly business
by the Northland Breastfeeding Coalition.
In order to be selected by the coalition as a breastfeeding friendly business,
a business must have flexible scheduling that allows time for expressing
milk, must have access to a private location that is not a bathroom for
expressing milk, and have access to a clean and nearby water source and
sink for washing equipment.
“Providing all breastfeeding mothers a private area for milk expression
at work or away from their baby is essential for them to continue to be
successful at nursing,” said St. Luke’s Maternal Child Health
Nurse Manager Lori Swanson. “We want to do everything we can to
ensure moms who are visitors to St. Luke’s and employees feel supported
in their effort to maintain lactation.” Swanson added, “It
only makes sense to be a business that recognizes the importance to provide
support to any mom who is nursing. Being a Breastfeeding Friendly Business
keeps our employees and their children happier and healthier.”
Any mom who needs a private and comfortable location to express milk is
welcome to utilize the Breastfeeding Room at St. Luke’s Hospital
located on the first floor. This room has 3 private pumping stations along
with a couch for nursing moms, changing table and bathroom.
St. Luke’s patients receive lactation support and education in the
hospital, along with free and unlimited AfterCare Clinic visits after
discharge. The AfterCare clinic is staffed with lactation-certified registered
nurses who have helped thousands of breast and formula-feeding moms. St.
Luke’s also offers a free Breastfeeding Support Group to any nursing mom.
For more information on the Northland Breastfeeding Coalition you can visit
their website at
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