(August 2, 2005)
In commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, the Allegheny County Health Department today announced that Shaare Torah Congregation in Squirrel Hill is the winner of its 10th annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Award.
The award recognizes workplaces, public places as well as other venues away from home that make an extra effort to accommodate the special needs of breastfeeding mothers.
Instituted as the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award in 1996, the award was expanded last year to include all venues outside the home that offer a positive attitude and supportive environment which make it possible for breastfeeding mothers to nurse away from home.
"Making venues outside the home more breastfeeding friendly will encourage women to breastfeed longer," said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon. "Studies show babies derive greater health benefits when breastfed for six months or longer, yet only 33% of mothers breastfeed for that long."
Breastfeeding friendly workplaces are also good for business, because breastfed babies are less likely to get sick throughout childhood and that means lower absentee rates for working moms and dads.
Shaare Torah Congregation, the first place of worship to win the award, offers members use of a "Mommy and Me Room," an attractive, clean, secure, newly carpeted and painted private area furnished with a sofa, love seat, glider, refrigerator, mirror, changing table, diaper pail and hand sanitizer.
In 2004, The Mall at Robinson won the award as a public place and Dr. Arman Kilic, who has a dental practice in Monroeville, won as an employer.
Other workplace winners in previous years were FedEx Ground, Nova Chemicals, Development Dimensions International, PNC Financial Services Group, Crouse & Company, Magee Womens Hospital, Sewickley Valley Hospital, Deloitte Consulting Group, Mellon Bank, and Price and Associates.