Breast-feeding moms in York County to catch a break at work


Life will get a little easier for breast-feeding moms who work at eight York County offices.

York City's health bureau announced Friday that it is distributing funds from a $50,000 grant to the eight locations for installation of private rooms or kiosks.

A private room set aside for breast-feeding at Santander Stadium, home of the York Revolution baseball team, also will be open to the public.

"Setting up areas for breast-feeding mothers in the workplace falls in line with the bureau's mission to prevent disease and to promote and protect the health of York residents," said bureau director Barbara Kovacs, according to a news release.

"Moms need a sanitary, private space available to them to encourage breast-feeding, which benefits both mother and child."

According to the bureau, new moms sometimes stop breast-feeding because of lack of support from employers, family members and the community at large.

A federal law passed in 2010 requires employers to allow women to pump breast milk while at work.

In addition to Santander Stadium, the following businesses were awarded funds to install designated areas for breast-feeding:

•Bell Socialization Services, 160 S. George St., York

•Comcast, 221 W. Philadelphia St., York

•Family First Health, 116 S. George St., York

•Head Start of York County, 226 E. College Ave., York

•WellSpan Health at the Greenway Tech Building, 540 S. George St., York; the York Hospital Community Health Center, 605 S. George St., York; and the Duke Street Building, 50 N. Duke St., York.

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