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Johns Hopkins Named Top Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace - 01/31/2011

Johns Hopkins Named Top Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace

Release Date: January 31, 2011

The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition and its sister group the D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition have recognized the Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore Medical Campus as the region’s top workplace for supporting breastfeeding mothers.

Hopkins is one of 10 winners of the inaugural DC/MD Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards and scored the highest of all honored workplaces. The award recognizes workplaces for doing what they can to remove barriers for breastfeeding mothers on the job, including providing clean rooms devoted to pumping milk and allotting the time to do it.

“We know that breast milk is the best nutrition for baby and provides many health benefits for both baby and mother,” says Julie Murphy, R.N., B.S.N., I.B.C.L.C., coordinator of the employee lactation support program at Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore Medical Campus and the lead pediatric lactation consultant at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. “Going back to work is one of the main barriers to continuing breastfeeding. We recognize that and want to support the mom in any way we can.”

At Hopkins, that means three rooms devoted to pumping, with access to hospital-grade pumps. There are breastfeeding support groups for moms and a lactation consultant available to any breastfeeding mother who needs assistance. Some new mothers are also allowed flexible schedules and have access to on-site child care.

Breastfeeding typically drops off around six weeks and three months, coinciding with return-to-work milestones. Nationally, only 13 percent of babies are exclusively breastfeeding at six months, the recommended standard. 

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