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The Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington's Outstanding Employer Award acknowledges Washington companies that show leadership in developing workplace policies that support breastfeeding. The 2007 recipient, Blue Bird, Inc., is the oldest cooperative fruit packing company in Central Washington and employs approximately 1,600 seasonal employees in its packing houses, orchards and offices. Since 2005, the company has provided two rooms in its Peshastin headquarters and Wenatchee plant to provide a private space for breastfeeding employees to pump during the workday. Through a partnership with the Columbia Valley Community Health (CVCH) WIC program and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Wenatchee, the rooms are equipped with electric breast pumps, refrigerators, cabinets with pump supplies and educational materials. The rooms are promoted through word of mouth and large signs in the break rooms.
Blue Bird also provides all employees, including upper management, with information and training about working and breastfeeding. Employees can flex their hours to ensure adequate pumping time and have access to resources for breastfeeding support.
Learn how Blue Bird, Inc. supports their breastfeeding employees in a video now available on YouTube. Watch Video
Featured: Autumn 2007
Blue Bird, Inc. employees in fruit packing houses, orchards, and offices