The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition honored Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County with a 2018 bronze Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award. The award recognizes CSC’s focus on creating a supportive workplace for breastfeeding employees.
“We’re proud to receive this award, which underscores our belief in supporting healthy families and the importance of breastfeeding,” says Council CEO Lisa Williams-Taylor.
Children’s Services Council created a dedicated breastfeeding room on its first floor – complete with comfortable seating, a mini refrigerator, diaper-changing table and informational reading material. The room has a vacant/occupied sign and a lock for privacy. The Council also allows breastfeeding mothers to have breaks during the day to express their milk and encourages employees to have open discussions with their direct supervisor and/or human resources staff about their needs.
According to The Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, companies that provide the time and space for women to express their milk while at work enjoy significant cost savings, including:
- Lower rates of absenteeism because breastfed babies tend to get sick less often
- Lower health care costs because of reduced medical needs for babies with ear, respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses
- Better employee retention, because women are more likely to return to work after maternity leave if they know their breastfeeding efforts are supported
- High productivity and company loyalty among employees who believe their organization values them and their family
Children’s Services Council, a local special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014, provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. To learn more, please visit www.cscpbc.org or contact Shana Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-740-7000 ext. 2170.