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Dinolfo Cuts the Ribbon on Monroe County's First Public Lactation Room

Dinolfo Cuts the Ribbon on Monroe County's First Public Lactation Room

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo cut the ribbon on Monroe County’s first-ever public lactation room, which is now available for use by County employees and members of the public who are visiting the County Office Building.

“As a mom of three adult children and grandmother of three young girls, I know how important it is for mothers to have convenient options that make life a little bit easier, whether in the workplace or in public places,” said Dinolfo. “We are proud to be opening this first-of-its-kind space for nursing mothers, which is now available to working moms who serve in County government and all moms who visit the County Office Building each day.”

The lactation room has a table, comfortable seating options, clear signage, and adheres to the spirit of the U.S. Office on Women’s Health (OWH) best practices. The space is available for use by County employees and members of the public. This lactation room is a pilot program to begin at the County Office Building and will be evaluated for the potential for expansion to other County facilities at a later date.

New York State (NYS) Law requires that employers provide nursing mothers with a private, lockable location for pumping breast milk that is not a bathroom. The County’s new, specifically-designated room goes above and beyond NYS law. Research shows that breastfed babies have lower risks of asthma, leukemia, obesity, respiratory infections, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), diabetes, and many other conditions. For mothers, breastfeeding also lowers the risk for diabetes, ovarian cancer, and certain types of breast cancer.

The room was previously a vacant space, requiring limited flooring, drywall, signage and furniture work to take place. The work was done by internal County staff as well as CP Ward, the County’s existing Term Services Construction contractor.