The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition, and the Women’s Health Advisory recognized BCBSNE for finding creative solutions to support breastfeeding mothers when they return to work.
Criteria for the recognition includes: access to a private room (other than a bathroom) with supportive amenities, such as a sink, counter and chair; flexible breaks; staff policy; and a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding mothers.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Wellness Coordinator, Lori Thomas, nominated the company for the award.
“As the Wellness Coordinator, I see the breastfeeding facilities offered here at BCBSNE as such an important tool for the wellness of our new mothers,” Thomas said. “The supportive environment where they are provided the time and resources to be able to focus on taking care of their babies while making that difficult transition back to work after maternity leave helps reduce stress levels. The less stress these mothers face, the happier and healthier they are, which in turn makes them more productive and effective both at work and home.”
Thomas added what she feels this recognition says about BCBSNE as a company.
“BCBSNE is a company that cares about its employees and the community,” Thomas said. “We are a family, and I think that providing this supportive environment helps show how important people are to us.”
The State of Nebraska has made “increased support for breastfeeding in the workplace” a health priority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified breastfeeding as an effective way to reduce the risk of obesity for both infant and mother. BCBSNE’s commitment to these objectives is valuable to improving the health and well-being of Nebraskans.