Large Northern Colorado Employer Recognized for Supporting Breastfeeding Employees
The JBS beef processing facility in Greeley is making it easier for mothers to continue to breastfeed after returning to work.
To help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals and maintain an adequate supply of breast milk for their baby, JBS is giving mom employees the chance to express milk during their work shift.
JBS in Greeley provides a clean, private area for team members to express milk.
"We want our team members who are new mothers to know we support their decision to continue breastfeeding," said Isabel Garcia, Human Resources Manager.
The human resources division informs the breastfeeding team member's supervisor that they may need to leave the production line outside of their normal break to breast feed their baby.
"It is very important to me to breast feed my baby. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to when I returned to work. I found out that JBS provides a sanitary, safe, and convenient place to pump in the health services office. They provide a room with a sink to rinse out your attachments and door locks so that you feel comfortable and safe knowing that no one will walk in on you. My daughter is now 15 months old and I still pump at work," said JBS team member, Tyra Galleos.
Federal and Colorado law require employers to provide reasonable break time and a private area, other than a toilet, to express milk for her nursing child. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment Breastfeeding Friendly Business initiative recognizes employers that go above the law by providing additional breastfeeding support, as JBS in Greeley does. Such employers receive a framed certificate, promoted as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Business on the Weld County Facebook page and website.