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The City of Tacoma is increasingly known as a family-friendly workplace for its nearly 3,000 employees. In 2008, the City's efforts to support mothers as they return to work were recognized by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington when it selected the City for its Outstanding Employer Award.
The City's personnel policies on breastfeeding encourage managers and supervisors to allow 30-minute breaks for women to express milk for their babies. The city's progressive lactation policy is shared with all new employees during orientation. Human Resources staff also provide information to encourage and promote breastfeeding when employees inquire about maternity leave.
In 2007, the City established a lactation room in the Tacoma Municipal Building. The room is equipped with comfortable seating and three partitioned private areas for pumping. Other amenities include a baby changing station, storage for personal pumps, and a refrigerator, sink and microwave.
The city of Tacoma established this program with support from the Tacoma Human Rights Commission and the Pierce County Breastfeeding Alliance.
Featured: Winter 2009