News Release - Council and Mayor Celebrate World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

City of Rochester

News Release

(Wednesday, August 7, 2013) - City Council President Lovely A. Warren, Councilmember Carolee A. Conklin and Mayor Thomas S. Richards, joined by leaders in the breastfeeding community announced the creation of a breastfeeding room here at City Hall and presented a proclamation in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

“As a new mom, I know how appreciative our nursing mothers that work and visit City Hall will be to have this designated area in 018A.  I am happy that the steps were taken to make this room come to fruition and I am grateful to Councilmember Conklin and Commissioner Holahan for all their hard work,” said President Warren

Councilmember Conklin has worked with the community to gather information and learn what would be needed to create a breastfeeding room here at City Hall and took that information and partnered with Paul Holahan, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services to turn empty office space here at City Hall into a room that can be utilized by nursing employees and visitors.  “I know how difficult it can be for a new mother when returning to work to balance the needs of her child and her employer.  This room at City Hall will hopefully aide with that transition, offering the support that our employees need and deserve,” said Councilmember Conklin.

“The City is committed to making accommodations for nursing mothers including employees and visitors to Rochester City Hall,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “We are implementing a policy to ensure that mothers have the time and the space they need at City Hall to help them continue their nursing efforts at home. It’s the right thing to do and we are happy to provide it.”

At the event, President Warren, Councilmember Conklin and Mayor Richards presented leaders and activists in the breastfeeding community with a proclamation in honor of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week.  Breastfeeding Awareness Week runs from August 1 through August 7.


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