St. Luke's Hospital has been recognized as a breastfeeding friendly business.
In order to be recognized by the Northland Breastfeeding Coalition, businesses must have a private location for expressing milk and flexible scheduling that allows time for breastfeeding.
St. Luke's has a breastfeeding room on their first floor that can be used by employees or visitors.
"It's a goal that moms have returning to work and they need a place to be able to express milk and, when they're working, maintain their milk supply or, if it's a visitor here in the building, they need a place to nurse their baby that they can feel comfortable and relaxed," says Lori Swanson, nurse manager of St. Luke's Maternal Child Health Department.
The breastfeeding room includes three private pumping stations, a changing table, and a couch for nursing.