Although mostly intended for clinic staff, the room is also open for any visitors or patients who need a private space to pump milk or nurse their baby. The room includes a sink, a comfortable chair with electrical outlets nearby, and even a play table for older siblings.
Sgt. Rochelle Walsingham, a medic at the health clinic, said she uses the room on a regular basis. “I used to have to hunt for an empty room, an examination room, or an office, but the lactation room offers a lot more privacy.”
Amy Goodenow, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, works with new moms at the clinic, and emphasized how important breastfeeding is for young children. “It is the most natural way to feed a baby, we are physiologically built that way. We understand that not every mother can nurse, and we are glad that there are alternatives, but we try to encourage it when possible.”
Col. Steven Pierce, garrison commander, and Lt. Col. Daniel Cash, Ansbach Health Clinic commander, conducted the official ribbon cutting together. They were assisted by Goodenow and Vanessa Lockey, the local representative of the American Red Cross, who helped decorate the room.
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