CHESTER, Vt. – The grand opening of Corporate Lactation Services headquarters on Route 103 in Chester Wednesday, Aug. 28 drew many local town officials and business leaders, as well as Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce staffers and members. The grand opening coincided with National Breastfeeding Month and included an OVRCC formal ribbon cutting ceremony that welcomed CLS President Heather Chase and her staff to the chamber.
The newly renovated, handsomely decorated corporate headquarters includes several offices, mailing center, board room, several shelving units teeming with breast feeding products and baby products, gathering space around a soaring stone fireplace, and a new Lactation Center complete with desk, comfortable seating, and a baby scale.
Corporate Lactation Services works with large national corporations and health care providers to assist in creating environments and programs that allow women to continue to breastfeed once they return to work. Their programs consist of breastfeeding education and support: prenatally, while on maternity leave, and upon returning to work. Additional services also include providing breast pumps and offering phone consultations to nursing mothers with questions or concerns.
Now that they have a corporate headquarters, their onsite Lactation Center allows new mothers to come in with their babies by appointment and visit with a lactation consultant if they are having trouble breastfeeding or to “just get things checked out.” There is also a convenient walk-in shop to get breast-feeding information or to purchase breast pumps, nursing mother supplies, and other baby products.
Heather Chase, herself a registered nurse, started Corporate Lactation Services 23 years ago when she noticed a big disconnect between the breast feeding average for new working mothers of 7 weeks versus the recommended 6 months to 1 year recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
According to Chase, she works with “a lot of great corporations who believe in breaking down the barriers for women to be able to balance their work life, their babies, and provide the best possible nutrition.” Along with her client base, her staff has also grown to 15 people and she has continued to expand her services including a recently launched a program called CLS Ships, a breast milk shipping service where they coordinate refrigerated and overnight shipping of breastmilk of traveling mothers back to their babies. CLS also provides a Spanish interpreter and Spanish-speaking lactation consultant to service her estimated 8 to 10% Spanish speaking clientele. All of CLS consultants are licensed and certified health care professionals.
Corporate Lactation Services is located just off Route 103, at 7 Pineview Dr. in Chester. They are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.corporatelactation.com or call 802-875-5683.