As World Breastfeeding Week draws to a close I would like to mention this year’s Breastfeeding Friendly Awards given by the Allegheny County Health Department. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette writes that this year’s honorees are: for their work sites: The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland/Pittsburgh, Downtown branch, and Community Technical Assistance Center on the North Side. The winning best places to publicly nurse are the: the Nursing Mothers Room at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Oakland and Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall in Ross.
What I find especially interesting is that Magee’s nursing room happened when Jan Mallak (my writing partner) asked one of her doula clients who is a prominent doctor at Magee if a nursing room could be set aside. Jan had helped her doctor-client to successfully nurse her baby and her client was very grateful. Her client agreed with Jan and got a beautiful nursing room made to commemorate her own nursing relationship and her baby. Yay Jan! Each bit we do to help nursing mothers leads us closer to becoming a breastfeeding culture. I am proud of Jan.