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Breastfeeding in the work place: making it work

Many women are embarrassed are ashamed to breastfeed in public or at work, which is why Eastern Idaho Public Health is working to break that barrier down.

On Friday, Eastern Idaho Public Health hosted their summer picnic to allow women to speak to breast feeding counselors and get information on resources available to them.

Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) with Eastern Idaho Public Health provides many resources for mothers, including a program to provide them with fresh produce and other foods necessary to nourish them and their children.

“some of the mothers I see at our clinics they are ashamed at times, they will either go into nursing rooms to go and pump or at clothing stores, so go into the dressing room and pump but if they’re away from home they will bring bottles and they will express their breast milk and offer it there,” said Katie Leask, Breastfeeding Coordinator with WIC

Several health professionals across the area were there to give insight for new or expecting mothers.

The idea is to inform women that they shouldn’t be ashamed to breastfeed.

Melaleuca was recognized on Friday at the event for their efforts as a business with an inclusive breastfeeding environment

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