Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Room Location Map

If you have any concerns or questions regarding breastfeeding support, or you wish to be added to the breastfeeding email listserv for MSU faculty and staff, feel free to contact the WorkLife Office at worklife@msu.edu.

 

Michigan State University supports breastfeeding mothers. The MSU administration understands the benefits of breastfeeding and expects supervisors to provide a supportive environment and an appropriate private space and time for mothers who choose to nurse their babies or express/pump their breast milk during the work day. Click here to download a printable (PDF) sign to use on the door when breastfeeding is in session.

 

Breastfeeding Educational Series (Fall 2017)

Free to MSU faculty, staff, and student parents

Breastfeeding: How to Get Started and Keep Going

Although breastfeeding is natural, it is a learned skill. This four-part program is designed to give pregnant women and their partners information on preparing to breastfeed and strategies for continuing to breastfeed upon returning to work.

Presenter: Mary Machowicz RN, Expectant Parents Organization
Fall Dates: Thursdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.
Location: Linton Hall, Room 113

Cost: Free!
Week 1: Introduction to Breastfeeding: Benefits, How Breastfeeding Works
Week 2: Baby is Here! Getting Started: The Mechanics of Breastfeeding Positioning, Latching On, Feeding Patterns, Challenges
Week 3: Maintaining Breastfeeding: Lifestyle, Expressing and Storing Milk, Returning to Work
Week 4: Breastfeeding Transitions: Introducing Solid Foods and Weaning

 

Breastfeeding Links

Breastfeeding Resources: Hale Publishing provides several resources about breastfeeding. One of the most popular publications is “Medications & Mothers’ Milk.”

Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition: The Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition helps foster breastfeeding in and around Lansing, Michigan. The coalition is one of a number of organizations under the statewide Michigan Breastfeeding Network.

Department of Labor Fact Sheet #73 - Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA:  This fact sheet provides general information on the break time requirement for nursing mothers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), which took effect when the PPACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010 (P.L. 111-148). This law amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

General Breastfeeding Information (The Bump): The information you need to know now, when it comes to breastfeeding your baby. Get tips on prepping, pumping, managing feedings while traveling with your little one, and much more.

Henry & Co. Motherhood Simplified: This vendor offers high quality nursing apparel and baby accessories to make "Motherhood Simplified." Nursing camisoles and nursing scarves offer full coverage and convenience for breastfeeding mothers.

International Lactation Consultant Association: The International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) is the member association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®) and other healthcare professionals who care for breastfeeding families. ILCA membership is open to all who support and promote breastfeeding. Members may join at any time and do not need to be an IBCLC in order to be a member.

La Leche League: The mission of La Leche League is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Michigan Breastfeeding Network: The mission of MIBFN is to optimize state and community support of breastfeeding by leading collaborative actions for advocacy, education, and coalition building. The organization offers several resources and an "Anytime, Anywhere Project" to support breastfeeding. They also publish a handout called "How Lactation Support Benefits Employers."  

The Business Case for Breastfeeding: A comprehensive program that is designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace. They also offer The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Employees' Guide to Breastfeeding and Working, a downloadable toolkit for nursing mothers going back to work after maternity leave.