Touro Infirmary was one of New Orleans’ most recent workplaces to qualify as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Champion by the Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women’s Health Center and the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. According to the LBC, to qualify, workplaces must have written policies to support breastfeeding in the workplace and offer:
• Reasonable break time for working mothers to pump breast milk each time they need to throughout the day
• One or more permanent breastfeeding rooms, or a clean, private and safe space with an outlet, other than a toilet stall, that mothers can use for lactation when needed
• A working sink near the breastfeeding location where mothers can clean pumping equipment
• Lactation support communicated to all current and future employees.
To learn more about breastfeeding and additional workplace designations, visit LouisianaBreastfeedingCoalition.org.
The majority of people who drink to get drunk may not be alcoholics, according to a report released near the end of 2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease journal. The report cites that “the prevalence of alcohol dependence was 10.2 percent among excessive drinkers.” Additional findings were that the prevalence of binge drinking – a pattern of behavior classified as men who consume roughly five or more drinks and women who consume four or more within a short period of time (or a typical Tuesday night on Bourbon Street) – was also significantly higher among those with an annual family income of $75,000 or more than among those with lower family incomes, whereas the prevalence of alcohol dependence was significantly higher among those with an annual family income of less than $25,000 than among those in other income groups.