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Pipestone County Medical Center has been named a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its contributions to the health of breastfeeding employees and their babies.

MDH recognizes workplaces and county health departments that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting breastfeeding families by creating a workplace lactation support program.

Breastfeeding is a foundational way to ensure that babies receive optimal nutrition during the first formative years of life. Studies show that infants who are breastfed have better health outcomes as they grow. MDH recognizes organizations that take a leadership role to improve breastfeeding rates across Minnesota.

The designation acknowledges Pipestone County Medical Center’s commitment to acting as a model for the community by supporting healthy families and receiving the business benefits of supporting nursing mothers. The designation is achieved by adopting a written policy and educating staff about it; ensuring adequate break time for breastfeeding employees; providing a clean, private place to pump breast milk; and demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting breastfeeding in the workplace.

This is MDH’s recognition program, which was created and is supported by the state Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).

To learn how to apply for recognition, visit www.health.state.mn.us/breastfeedingfriendly.

Pipestone County Medical Center is a Critical Access Hospital offering a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services. Pipestone County Medical Center is part of Avera Health and works with Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Pipestone County Medical Center and Family Clinic will meet the health needs of the region by providing quality, personalized health services for the best value. We will achieve our mission by collaborating with others; by serving our customers’ and patients’ needs and expectations; by acting with integrity, respect, and compassion; and by practicing sound financial stewardship.

For more information, contact Dan Smilloff, Marketing Coordinator, at 507-825-6040 or via email at dan.smilloff@pcmchealth.org.