The Hormel Institute Receives State Breastfeeding-Friendly Recognition

The Hormel Institute recently transformed its breastfeeding space to make it more comfortable and accommodating

AUSTIN, Minn.  — The Hormel Institute has been named a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its contributions to the health of parents and their babies.

MDH recognizes workplaces and county health departments that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting breastfeeding employees by creating a workplace lactation support program.

“Receiving this designation is important to The Hormel Institute because of our dedication and commitment to providing a comfortable space for mothers to breastfeed while at work,” said Kelly Vincellete, The Hormel Institute’s Community Outreach and Education Manager. 

This recognition was made possible by a Mower County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant. Chris Weis, Mower County SHIP Coordinator, helped The Hormel Institute upgrade its current breastfeeding space as well as adding an additional room.

Breastfeeding is a foundational way to ensure that babies receive optimal nutrition during the first formative years of life. Studies show that infants who are breastfed have better health outcomes as they grow.

The designation acknowledges the Hormel Institute’s commitment to acting as a model for the community by supporting healthy families and receiving the business benefits of supporting nursing employees. The designation is achieved by adopting a written policy and educating staff about it; ensuring adequate break time for breastfeeding employees; providing a clean, private place to pump breast milk; and demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting breastfeeding in the workplace.

This is MDH’s recognition program, which was created and is supported by the state Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) and SHIP.

To learn how to apply for recognition, visit


The Hormel Institute is an independent biomedical research department within the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Collaborative research partners include Masonic Cancer Center UMN (a Comprehensive Cancer Center as designated by the National Cancer Institute, N.I.H.), the Mayo Clinic (US News & World Report’s “Best Hospital in the United States”), and many other leading research centers worldwide. The Hormel Institute, which tripled in size in 2008 and doubled again in size in 2016, is home to some of the world’s most cutting-edge research technologies and expert scientists. Over the next few years, The Hormel Institute will broaden its impact through innovative, world class research in its quest to improve human health.