Grantee Progress Report Narrative
CHC at GHR 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 breaks (at least 2 per 8 hour work day).
- Access to a dedicated refrigerator for expressed milk storage during work hours (pending).
- Educational materials.
- Direct and phone consult with CHC at GHR/WIC lactation specialists (on case by case basis).
During the period of performance, a designated space was identified and rearranged in order to make
it suitable for employee milk expression and other breastfeeding-related activities. The WIC Center
staff, especially Lisa Brown, spearheaded this reorganization. Photographs of the reorganized area are
As this site is part of the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC), it is subject to the policies and
procedures set forth by the Human Resources (HR) Department. As such, a meeting was conducted with
CNMC HR in order to discuss establishing a facility-wide breastfeeding support policy to address time
and space requirements mandated by both DC and Federal laws. This policy had not been finalized prior
to the end of the period of performance.
In-kind donations of employee time to reorganize the area and educational material were provided.
Budgetary constraints precluded our site from purchasing the breastmilk storage refrigerator prior to
receiving the mini-grant funds. This will be purchased upon receipt of the $300. Lactation support
center staff was identified and will begin their employment on March 21, 2011 when the center will
officially open. This staff will include a full time peer counselor and part time lactation consultant who
will collaborate to provide prenatal breastfeeding education as well as post-partum lactation support
including back to work consults.