Award presented at Polk County Board of Commissioners meeting

    Polk County Public Health has received a Breastfeeding Friendly Health Department Award from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its contributions to the health of mothers and their babies. 

    The award was presented at the Polk County Board of Commissioners meeting on Dec. 19 by Holly Glaubitz from MDH.

    MDH recognizes county health departments, workplaces, maternity centers and child care facilities that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting breastfeeding mothers. The designation acknowledges a county health department’s commitment to acting as a model for the community by supporting healthy families and receiving the business benefits of supporting nursing mothers.

    “Breastfeeding has many health benefits ranging from nutrition to long-term protection from disease. We are working to create a culture that is comfortable with breastfeeding and to reduce obstacles that women and families encounter, and breastfeeding friendly places are a great way to do that,” said Polk County Public Health Director Sarah Reese. “This award milestone is the result of our public health professionals planning and action to show continued support for mothers, babies and families in their breastfeeding journey.”

    MDH’s Breastfeeding Friendly recognition program is supported by the state Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).

    To learn more about the application process for the Breastfeeding Friendly recognition program, visit