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Breastfeeding-friendly businesses awarded in East Hawaii

Risa Kincaid, executive team leader at Target, and Nelly Quiocho, guest service team leader, hold their certificate outside the dressing rooms where customers and employees can breastfeed. (Photo courtesy of Big Island WIC Program)


Big Island WIC (Women, Infant and Children) and the East Hawaii Perinatal Consortium recognized businesses for their support of breastfeeding mothers during 2011 World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7.

Local businesses nominated by WIC clients were presented with a certificate for their outstanding commitment to the community through their support of breastfeeding.

“On behalf of all Big Island WIC Program staff, I’d like to thank our clients for nominating local businesses and helping other breastfeeding women identify breastfeeding friendly businesses,” Hilo/Kona WIC Program Director Martha Schaffer said.

“The East Hawaii Perinatal Consortium was pleased to support WIC’s recognition of Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces,” said co-chair Cathi Lux. “It’s wonderful to know local businesses are doing their part to care for mothers in our community.”

In addition to recognizing local businesses, the East Hawaii Perinatal Consortium delivered gift bags to local obstetricians and pediatricians containing information to encourage breastfeeding early on in pregnancy.

2011 Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Businesses in East Hawaii

Aloha Nui Family Practice, INPEACE Keiki Steps, Hawaii Police Department, Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Department of Taxation, Federal Aviation Administration, Jeff Hunt Surf Shop, PATCH, Moonstruck Bakery, UH Hilo Pacific Aquaculture – Coastal Resources Center, Target, Luquin’s Mexican Restaurant, Moonsprout, Malamalama Waldorf School, Safeway, Puna Community Medical Center, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foodland in Keaau, Bay Clinic Inc., Thundering Seas, and Island Naturals in Pahoa

Comments from Nomination Forms

* Hilo Safeway: “They have a private room for breastfeeding employees with a sink!”

* Hilo Target: “Target supports breastfeeding for all mothers. Great support for guests coming in to breastfeed their baby with a designated area (dressing room) for mamas who want a private area to feed their babies. They also have training for all employees to know breastfeeding mommy’s rights.”

The East Hawaii Perinatal Consortium is supported in part by project H67MC04801 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act).

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