Award honors family-friendly efforts

Just one week after giving birth, Christina Furister set out on her first public outing. She scheduled a professional photo shoot of her newborn daughter Stella and her big sister, Natalie. Still recovering from delivery, it isn’t surprising that Christina was a little bit nervous about the appointment.

She arrived at Emily Kane Photography and the photo session went well until the baby became hungry. When her baby cried, she received immediate breastfeeding support. “I was told to take my time and do what I needed to do to feed her,” Christina said. “Emily invited me to sit on the couch and told me it was okay if I chose not to use a nursing cover. She brought me a pillow and bottle of water and I never felt rushed.”

Christina had difficulty nursing her first child and said, “The public doesn’t always make it feel okay.” When businesses support breastfeeding mothers, it removes barriers. This makes it easier for women to meet their personal breastfeeding goals and achieve exclusive breastfeeding for six months, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Christina stated that receiving support during the critical first weeks of breastfeeding contributed to her success. The positive experience at Emily Kane Photography motivated Christina to nominate the studio for the Lycoming Clinton Breastfeeding Coalition, “Family Friendly Business Award”.

Upon receiving the award, Kane expressed that it is an honor to be nominated by Christina. “I want all moms to feel comfortable and secure,” Kane said, “I never gave it a second thought.”

The Lycoming Clinton Breastfeeding Coalition presented a framed certificate to Kane at her Williamsport studio. The entire month of August is designated as National Breastfeeding Month.

Lisa J. McCloskey, BSN, RN, is an internationally board certified lactation consultant, and the vice chairwoman of the Lycoming Clinton Breastfeeding Coalition. To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding to businesses go to