UA Offers Nine On-Campus Lactation Areas

UA Offers Nine On-Campus Lactation Areas

By Alexis BlueUniversity Communications
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Two new lactation areas have been established on campus this semester, bringing the total to nine.

The new areas, which have been added to the Life & Work Connections Campus Lactation and Resource List, are:

  • Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
    A private room is available to UA employees and students for breast-feeding and breast pumping by appointment only. Call 626-4596.
  • James E. Rogers College of Law
    A lactation-adaptive space in the College of Law library is open to UA students and employees and can be accessed through the library circulation desk. Priority is given to College of Law employees and students. More information is available by calling 626-8023.

Life & Work Connections also has included the University Services Building's fourth-floor women's restroom, which has a lactation area with a chair and a locking door.

That space, which is available to UA employees, students and campus visitors without an appointment, had been established previously. More information is available by calling 621-5781.

With the three areas added this fall, there are now nine locations across campus that have been identified by LWC as official campus lactation areas, serving employees, students and visitors to campus.

The spaces are often used by campus employees returning to work after maternity leave who want to pump beast milk during the day to store for their infants, said Caryn Jung, LWC senior coordinator. 

With economic times making the creation of new facilities on campus difficult, LWC offers to work with campus units to adapt existing spaces to serve as lactation areas through adjustments as simple as adding a chair to a room or providing a locking door, Jung said. A complete list of suggested guidelines for establishing lactation areas is available on the LWC Web site.

LWC also offers a "Mommy Connections" lactation program, which provides employees and students with a $25 discount on the purchase of a breast pump, or subsidizes the first month's rental of a pump, from University Medical Center.

More information on lactation, including literature on the benefits of breast milk, information about personal lactation consultations through LWC and links to other resources are available on the LWC's Lactation Information page.

The Commission on the Status of Women also maintains a Parent-Friendly Campus Map of some of the campus lactation areas, plus diaper-changing tables, play areas and more.

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