St. Paul Parks and Recreation receives award for promoting and protecting breastfeeding
October 25, 2012
St. Paul, MN – St. Paul Parks and Recreation is the 2012 recipient of the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition’s Triple H Award for excellence in promoting and protecting breastfeeding in Minnesota. This annual award will be accepted by Dan Berchem, Oxford Community Center facility manager, on behalf of St. Paul Parks & Recreation at the fifth annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition meeting held October 29, 2012, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Triple H refers to “healthy” in Breastfeeding: Healthy Babies, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities, Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition’s vision statement.
In its citywide aquatics training, St. Paul Parks and Recreation includes information on Minnesota Statue 145.905, a law which allows a woman to breastfeed in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are allowed. Although this law has been in place since 1998, women continue to be asked to cover up or move to a private area when breastfeeding their babies in public places. The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition applauds the efforts of Oxford Pool and other city aquatic centers in making their facilities family and breastfeeding friendly by including details about the law in its training at its facility.
Improving support for breastfeeding in community settings is a priority of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011
(http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/breastfeeding/calltoactiontosupportbreastfeeding.pdf). With 78 percent of women in Minnesota initiating breastfeeding, according
to the CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card 2012 (http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/2012BreastfeedingReportCard.pdf), it is important that community gathering places, like city pools, make breastfeeding easier for women and their babies.
The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition, which works collaboratively to create an environment in Minnesota where breastfeeding is recognized and supported as vital to the health and development of children and families, was formed in January 2006. Coalition membership has representation from the state and local health departments, the WIC Program (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), physicians, hospital lactation departments, La Leche League, and other organizations and individuals who support and promote breastfeeding.
For more information about the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition and its annual meeting, please go to http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org