October 5, 2015
Contact: Brenda Bandy
Phone: (785) 477-4666
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Validity Screening Solutions awarded for efforts to make
working and breastfeeding easier for employees
Shawnee, KS, October 5, 2015 – Validity Screening Solutions has received the Bronze Level “Breastfeeding Employees Support Award” from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and its Business Case for Breastfeeding program.
The award is based on proven and established standards to benefit employers and employees. It recognizes businesses that provide support services to their breastfeeding employees, to include education as well as the time and space for employees to nurse and/or pump breastmilk at their workplace. The award, the third ranking of three sponsored by the Coalition, was presented by Brenda Bandy, director of the Business Case for Breastfeeding program in Kansas.
According to Bandy, Validity Screening Solutions received the award for achieving a high level of support to their employees as outlined in the Coalition’s criteria. She said they provide a “bronze level” pumping room, allow flexible time to pump, and have instituted a policy of breastfeeding support.
Pointing out that many breastfeeding mothers abandon breastfeeding when they return to work because they lack the support and appropriate facilities at their place of employment, Bandy said, “We want to help change that unfortunate situation”. She cited research showing that adequate support for breastfeeding employees benefits businesses through savings in health care expenses, reduced turnover rates, lower absenteeism, and increased employee loyalty. Employers that have established support services for breastfeeding employees have reported a $3 for $1 return on investment plus realizing a more productive working environment.
“Many Kansas employers recognize the benefits of supporting their breastfeeding employees. We want to shine the spotlight on as many employers as we can for doing their part to make returning to work while breastfeeding easier in hopes that will encourage more businesses to follow suit,” says Martha Hagen, a Kansas WIC state breastfeeding coordinator and Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition Board Chair.
Businesses that provide support services for their breastfeeding employees can be considered for a “Breastfeeding Employees Support Award” at the bronze, silver and gold levels. Applications are available at http://www.kansasbusinesscase.com/for_employers/employer_awards
The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a program to assist employers in developing or enhancing support services for their breastfeeding employees. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 with the mission of working collaboratively to promote and protect breastfeeding in order to improve the health of Kansas families.
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