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Lactation Support

If you are a new parent and want to continue to breastfeed and express milk after returning to work, the University can help you meet the combined demands of your workday responsibilities and lactation needs. The University is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all our employees, including nursing parents.

When You Are Expecting

Before (or shortly soon after) you return to work from parental leave, contact your supervisor, HR Pro, or designated central human resources consultant to talk about arrangements to pump or express milk during the workday. Discuss the need for reasonable break time and an appropriately private place for you to pump or express milk. The following tip sheet prepared by the Lactation Advocacy Committee may be helpful in discussing your lactation needs with your supervisor.

How to Speak to Your Supervisor about Your Lactation Needs (pdf)

When you are covered by the UPlan Medical Program, you may want to take advantage of the Healthy Pregnancy program from Medica to give your baby a healthy start. As an expectant parent, the program can help you stay well and feel good throughout your pregnancy and shortly after your newborn arrives. When you complete the program no later than August 31, 2014, you can earn 50 points for your Wellness Points Bank.

Information for Supervisors and HR professionals

The University is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all our employees, including nursing mothers. As supervisors and human resources practitioners, we have obligations and opportunities to support employees who express milk during the work day. Working with employees, we can accommodate lactation by providing a reasonable break time and an appropriately private space to pump or express milk by following these guidelines.

Lactation Spaces

For more immediate notification about lac room closings please follow the Lactation Advocacy Committee on Twitter: U of M Lac @Lactation4U

A list of lactation spaces on the UMTC campus—East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul—is available as a single-page print-out (pdf). This is the same document (pdf) in an alternative print format with a larger font. If you have additional questions about lactation spaces or resources, please contact Susan Warfield, (warfi002@umn.edu), Lactation Advocacy Committee Chair.

The following signage (pdf format) may be helpful to ensure privacy when using lactation spaces. Feel free to reproduce the sign prepared by the Lactation Advocacy Committee for this purpose.

Breastfeeding in Session (pdf)

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Additional Resources

The following resources provide helpful information on breastfeeding after returning to work.

Breastfeeding Resources Action Kit

Breastfeeding Information from womenshealth.gov

Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions

For UPlan members:

Healthy Pregnancy program from Medica