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City of Springfield to Recognize National Breastfeeding Month

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Councilor Lavar Click-Bruce, Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Judi Crowell joined with Mayoral Aide Shenell Ford and Heart2Heartbeat Lactation & Wellness to recognize and support National Breastfeeding Awareness Month with a special ceremony in City Hall followed by a flag raising ceremony on the front steps.

Mayor Sarno, HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris and Councilor Click-Bruce all commended Shenell Ford for her efforts in helping to raise awareness on this life-giving cause, not only in the City of Springfield but across the Commonwealth.

The program also included comments from Dr. Tyonne Hinson, Sr. VP & Chief DEI Officer for Baystate Health, Moryn Mendoza, Tapestry WIC/MA Breastfeeding Coalition and MA Lactation Consultant Association, and Cindy Napoli from CHD.

Mayor Sarno states, “I want to commend Ms. Ford, Shenell, for her continued efforts in always supporting and helping to raise awareness on this life-giving cause.  Shenell has worked tirelessly to get the word and education out on this very important nurturing mother and child public health aspect and my administration with Health and Human Services Commissioner, fully support her efforts in our community.”

“My administration, thanks to the efforts from Attorney Talia Gee – my first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, is also proud to have created a special dedicated parental leave lactation room for our city employees right here in City Hall so that they can care for their lactation needs in private and in a comfortable environment.  I believe we are the first municipality in Western Massachusetts if not the State to have such a room,” said Mayor Sarno.    

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