TERRE HAUTE -- Employers in the Wabash Valley providing a lactation-friendly workplace were recognized Aug. 8, by the Wabash Breastfeeding Coalition.
Nominations were sought over the past months from mothers who had returned to work in the Wabash Valley and continued to breastfeed their infants. The recognition was awarded to Bemis Corporation and Days Inn of Terre Haute for the supportive work environment provided to lactating mothers.
Honorable mention went to Babies R Us, Chrisman Schools and the Fleschner, Stark and Tanoos Law Office.
Award recipients were announced at "Breastfeeding Works," which took place in Deming Park Monday, Aug. 8, to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month.
The speaker for the evening was Tina Carderelli, Indiana State Breastfeeding Specialist. She highlighted some of the activities happening in the world of breastfeeding support at the national and state level and spoke with those in attendance about their efforts to provide support in the community.
Those attending were eligible in drawing for door prizes provided by Baesler's Market, Stork Shoppe, Frances Merrit CNM, The Breastfeeding Coalition of the Wabash Valley and the Medela Company.
The evening closed with a pot luck picnic and social time.
A grant by the Indiana Perinatal Network was awarded to support the formation of a community based breastfeeding coalition in 2009. Local professionals and mothers who choose to educate, encourage and support breastfeeding formed the Breastfeeding Coalition of the Wabash Valley.
Meetings are the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m., in room 352 at the Professional Office Building, located at the corner of 8th Avenue and 7th Street, Terre Haute.
The next scheduled meeting is Oct. 3. Contact may be made through the Maple Center for Integrative Health by calling 812-238-8733.