Each of the newly outfitted rooms includes a clean and private space, shielded from public view. The door locks when shut and can only be opened by those with badge access, which is granted to mothers who would like to use the space. Decorated in calming and peaceful tones, the rooms include an outlet for a pump, along with a table, chair and sink. There is no refrigerator; storage needs to be arranged independently.
According to studies outlined on WomensHealth.org:
- Breastfed babies are healthier babies well beyond infancy with improved immunity and brain development.
- Mothers of breastfed babies take less sick leave and recover faster from pregnancy.
- Families of breastfed babies save $3,000-$4,000 per year.
“I am so pleased that we are able to have this room for our working mothers,” said Marie Crouch, administrative director, Women’s Services, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. “It has made a great difference for the women who are using it, and I am proud that we are able to support something as important as breastfeeding.”
If you’re a Bon Secours employee, learn more about the lactation room in your facility by contacting your Human Resources department.