PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant Recognized as a Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace

By Tom Cuddy

AVILA BEACH — PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant was recognized by the California Breastfeeding Coalition for exemplary support of and accommodations for breastfeeding employees.

The recognition, at the state Capitol in Sacramento, marks the first time that PG&E has been recognized for its leadership in supporting breastfeeding employees who work at Diablo Canyon, which employs more than 1,500 women and men.

“Diversity and inclusion are a priority for PG&E, and providing breastfeeding mothers with the necessary support and accommodations not only supports that priority but also is the right thing to do,” said Jim Welsch, PG&E’s vice president of nuclear generation. ”We share the coalition’s mission to improve the health and well-being of Californians by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.”

PG&E made a number of enhancements over the past several years to make it more accommodating and comfortable for breastfeeding mothers to express milk as a result of feedback received from employees like Kristin Zaitz, a senior consulting engineer who led the effort.

These enhancements include a policy for support of breastfeeding mothers and three private milk-expression rooms, two of which can be used by multiple users. All the rooms have:

  • Refrigerators and freezers for milk storage
  • Hospital-grade breast pumps and individual accessory kits
  • Storage bins
  • Running water
  • Comfortable chairs
  • Privacy screens (in the dual user rooms)
  • Serene decorations

“This was a collaborative effort among many people and work groups, including the plant’s leadership team, which helped to make Diablo Canyon more mother-baby friendly,” said Zaitz. “I am proud of our efforts and I’m looking forward to continuing to partner with the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition to support women who are returning to the workplace.”

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