Diane CarusoJun 14, 2018, 7:27 pmJun 15, 2018, 3:10 pm

Rockland non-profit becomes county's first breastfeeding-friendly worksite

Jawonio is providing a room in the company's facility to new mothers who want to use it


NEW CITY — Jawonio, a provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley for children, adults, and families with intellectual or developmental disabilities, has become the first workplace in Rockland County to be recognized as breastfeeding-friendly.

"Being able to pump when I go back to work again keeps that connection to you and your baby, so you're able to be present at work, you're able to be focused, be a more productive employee, and yet know you're still doing your best for your baby," said Laurie Messinger, a new mother and Jawonio employee.

Jawonio will provide a small room in the company's facility for new mothers to pump or breastfeed. A New York state law that is already in place gives a mother the right to breastfeed in her workplace, but most workplaces do not have a safe, comfortable place dedicated specifically to breast feeding.

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