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Breastfeeding program honors local employers and individuals

Story Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:45:00 CDT

The Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH) is honoring several employers and individuals for their efforts to support breastfeeding mothers in the workplace.

At an August 3 awards ceremony, 17 employers received Business Investment in Babies (BIB) Awards for their participation in the Business Case for Breastfeeding program. Individuals and other employers also were honored. CINCH, a regional child health coalition sponsored by EVMS, received funding from the Virginia Department of Health to implement the Business Case for Breastfeeding program.

CINCH worked with 17 Hampton Roads employers in implementing the Business Case for Breastfeeding program. The employers participated at a variety of levels, adopting written policies, drafting lactation room procedures and/or establishing and furnishing lactation rooms where mothers can go for privacy. Two hospital systems adopted nursing mother policies that influence their operations at facilities throughout Virginia.

The CINCH program, adapted from an approach designed for use within a single company, is the largest community based intervention of its kind in the nation.

The honorees are:

Business Investment in Babies (BIB) Awards

This award is presented in recognition of employers in Hampton Roads who participated in the Business Case for Breastfeeding (BC4BF) program and made significant progress in developing and/or enhancing lactation support programs.

  • Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center
  • Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
  • Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
  • Chesapeake Health Department
  • CHKD/EVMS Pediatric Residency Program
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center
  • Portsmouth Health Department
  • Portsmouth YMCA
  • Sentara Leigh
  • Sentara Norfolk General
  • Sentara Princess Anne
  • Sentara Virginia Beach
  • The UP Center
  • YMCA of South Hampton Roads

Breastfeeding Champions

This award is presented to those individuals who provided significant support to help implement BC4BF at their worksites, as well as organizations who already had policies and/or lactation space to support nursing employees without participating in BC4BF.


  • Patty Boone
  • Donna Briggs
  • Charlene Cattoi
  • Doris Cobb
  • Marie Crouch
  • Paige Crunk
  • Liz Flight
  • Dr. CW Gowen
  • Robin Johnson
  • Catherine Katz
  • Lisa Lee
  • Liz Marshall
  • Mary Padgett
  • Tonya Pass
  • Norma Rivera
  • June Robertson
  • Jennifer Scheels
  • LCDR Kim Shelburne
  • Lynn Skeele-Flynn
  • Connie Smith
  • Susan Tweed
  • Lauren Wallace
  • Kathleen Walters
  • Mary Wilt


  • Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
  • Children's Harbor
  • Jason's Deli
  • The Pinnacle Group
  • Tidewater Area Lactation
  • Virginia Business Coalition on Health