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Baltimore City Health Department


March 1, 2011

Grantee Progress Report Narrative

Accomplished Project Goals:

January 3, 2011 the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) announces the launch of a lactation support program for female employees who choose to breastfeed their new babies.

The program includes:

  • A designated safe, private area for expressing milk during work hours.
  • Flexible milk expression schedule
  • Access to breast pump equipment (optional) or bring your own
  • Educational materials
  • Direct and phone consult with BCHD lactation specialists (on case by case basis)


Prior to the launch, a committee of stakeholders was convened December 2010 to begin work on the project. The committee is tasked with promotion, developing a policy statement, conducting a staff survey, identify space needs, and monitor project progress. The WIC Program has spearheaded the breastfeeding efforts.

Representatives of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition were invited twice to provide "The business case for breastfeeding" presentation to Health Department senior leadership, Human resources and labor commission staff. The leadership response has been positive with recognition of the need to be in compliance with the laws, as well as the benefits for the infant and working mothers.

While existing labor union contracts and limited space at the twenty-five (25) BCHD sites throughout Baltimore city may pose a challenge, the project is off to a good start. These issues are currently under review by BCHD leadership and the Labor Commission.

The $300.00 mini grant funding has been used to purchases of start-up items needed to supply the lactation support areas. With support of the mini grant and in kind donations, the grantee has made improvements to existing spaces at 1001 E. Fayette St and at 621. Eden St to begin the pilot. Two breastfeeding employees are currently using the room at Fayette St. and have provided positive feedback in support of the project. The Lactation rooms have been named "Mother's Corner". Two additional sites have been identified for improvements to begin in March and April 2011. It is anticipated that BCHD will have accommodations for all breastfeeding employees by the end of 2011.

We would like to thank the DC & Maryland Breastfeeding coalitions for their contribution to the success of this worthwhile project.


Respectfully Submitted,

JoAnn Smith, RN, PA-C
Director
WIC Program
Baltimore City Health Department
621 N. Eden St.
Baltimore Maryland 21205