Granville CSD Becomes 'Breastfeeding Friendly'
The Clinton County Health Department’s regional Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities grant recently recognized Granville Central School District as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. The district has made it their mission to support their employees in reaching their infant feeding goals and provide a positive atmosphere for breastfeeding employees.
“The Granville School District was very excited about the opportunity to partner with the Clinton County Health Department to bring the benefits of the Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities grant to our school. The partnership has assisted mothers by providing a comfortable and relaxing location to support their child's nursing needs. This is truly exciting and something that the district could not have done without the assistance of the Clinton County Health Department” says, Superintendent Thomas McGurl.
The District has been abiding by the New York State and Federal Labor Laws (https://www.labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/LS702.pdf and https://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/ ) which guarantee breastfeeding mothers the right to express breastmilk when they return to work. They have taken it a step further and now have beautifully furnished designated rooms in each of their three buildings for nursing employees to use. “We have two moms that are currently enjoying the new room,” says Elementary School Nurse Samantha Hyatt.
Research has shown that accommodating breastfeeding employees is good for business. Benefits include lower health care costs due to healthier babies and moms, reduced rate of absenteeism due to infant illness, lower turnover rates and improved employee productivity and loyalty. Several other worksites in Washington County have also been recognized as Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces; Hudson Falls Central School District, Slate Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, and Great Meadow Correctional Facility.
For more information: www.clintonhealth.org/cbfc
Because of the well-documented health benefits of breastfeeding for infants, children and mothers, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Department of Health and Human Services recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, with continued breastfeeding as long as mutually desired by mother and infant.