A lactation support program has been implemented here at Wayne State University. Wayne State University recognizes the importance of supporting nursing mothers by providing space for nursing faculty and staff. Private and clean areas with outlets have been designated on campus as "Lactation Support Rooms". Employees can use these rooms for milk expression during work hours.
Please contact Human Resources for further assistance by calling 313-577-6816.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding with the addition of complementary foods until the baby is at least one year old (1). The Department of Health and Human Services stresses the importance of facilitating the continuation of breastfeeding after mothers return to their jobs (2,3)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) amended section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to require employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
For more information: http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/
Breast Feeding Support:
1) American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement, “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk.” Pediatrics 97; 100:6.
2) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding, Washington, D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health, 2000.
3) United States Breastfeeding Committee (2001). Breastfeeding in the United States: A National Agenda. Rockville MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Originally compiled by the Wisconsin State Breastfeeding Coalition