Lactation (formerly "Breastfeeding")

Lactation Room Location Map

There are lactation rooms located across campus. Two buildings offer weekend and after-hours Lactation Rooms: the MSU Union Building and the MSU Main Library.  If you are on campus during the weekend or after-hours and may need a Lactation Room, please feel free to utilize these two locations.  Prior to use, please be sure to check with the location regarding their hours.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the MSU WorkLife Office via email (worklife@msu.edu) or telephone (517-353-1635) during the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday-Friday.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding lactation support, feel free to contact the WorkLife Office at worklife@msu.edu.

Michigan State University supports lactating parents. The MSU administration understands the benefits of lactation and expects supervisors to provide a supportive environment and an appropriate private space and time for parents who choose to lactate to feed their babies or express/pump their milk during the workday. Use this printable (PDF) sign to use on the door when breastfeeding/chestfeeding is in session.

Lactation Educational Series

Free to MSU faculty, staff, and student parents

Lactation: How to Get Started and Keep Going

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

Presenter: Natosha Sage-El, Expectant Parents Organization 
Dates: see calendar for upcoming sessions

Cost: Free!

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

Lactation Links

MSU Official Guidelines

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

Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition: The Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition helps foster lactation 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 lactating parents 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 Lactation Information (The Bump): The information you need to know now, when it comes to lactating to feed your baby. Get tips on prepping, pumping, managing feedings while traveling with your little one, and much more.

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. Members are also able to find a lactation consultant at this link.

La Leche League: The mission of La Leche League is to help parents worldwide to lactate through parent-to-parent support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of lactation as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and caregiver.

Michigan Breastfeeding Network: The mission of MIBFN is to optimize state and community support of lactation 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 lactating employees in the workplace. They also offer The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Employees' Guide to Breastfeeding and Working, a downloadable toolkit for lactating parents going back to work after parental leave.