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NCSU Lactation Support Info

NC State University has some wonderful resources for our working moms and students that are breastfeeding.  

Lactation Support

NC State University promotes work/life balance and supports working parents with the transition back to work following the birth of a child. This includes support of nursing mothers who wish to express breast milk periodically during the work day. In accordance with provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), upon request, suitable space must be provided for employees who require lactation support.

See more https://ts.hr.ncsu.edu/lactation-support/

NC State currently has 20 lactation rooms located around campus. These are available for use by all staff, faculty and students. Each room has a contact person who can help you with accessing the room.  Most of the rooms may be reserved through Google Calendar. Instructions for reserving the rooms are provided below, followed by the locations and contact information for the rooms. After you have reserved a room, please contact the person listed to obtain the key to the room.

Look here for  pictures https://oied.ncsu.edu/faculty/lactation-and-baby-care-rooms/

Breast Milk – Pumping and Storing

Pumping and storing breast milk allows you to have a supply of milk for your baby when it is needed. This can be a good option for moms who return to work after having a baby.

Keeping up a supply of breast milk can be a challenge for moms who return to work outside the home. You will need to pump and collect breast milk during the day while at the office.

Proper planning, support, and the correct equipment can help you continue to breastfeed, even after returning to work outside the home.


Read of article-NY Times

Return to work blues

We had a mom call the office asking for advice to increase her milk supply.

A review of the medical records on her 8 week old baby failed to identify any previous concerns about her supply. He was growing well and she was pumping and freezing milk to be prepared for returning to work.

Upon talking to this mom, she had been back to work a week and her daycare provider said she needed more milk to be sent with the baby. They were running out and mom was frantic about how she could keep up with the amount of milk he needed.

Read Rest of Article-Breastfeeding Medicine



WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), joined by Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Al Franken (D-MN), announced the introduction of the Supporting Working Moms Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation helps ensure that more working mothers can continue to breastfeed their babies after they return to work.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) also announced the introduction of the Supporting Working Moms Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Read rest of exciting news-US Senator for Oregon

Length of Maternity Leave Ups Moms’ Odds of Breastfeeding Longer

Summary: While many working moms understand the health benefits of breastfeeding, they need more time to bond with their newborns and breastfeed for as long as they intend. A new study found that moms who took three months or more of maternity leave before returning to full-time work were significantly more likely to meet their breastfeeding goals than moms who took less time off of work.

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New Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms: Facts and Tools to Understand Your Coverage under the Health Care Law

As part of women’s preventive services under the ACA, new plans are required to cover breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling. This is a significant step forward in making breastfeeding more accessible and affordable for millions of Americans.

This toolkit is designed for women, advocates, community-based organizations and health care providers to provide information on the coverage of breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling in the health care law and offer tools to use women encounter problems with this coverage. We have also provided detailed instructions on how to call insurance companies and how to file an appeal if the plan denies coverage. The toolkit includes draft appeal letters tailored to commonly encountered scenarios.

If you have any questions or need further guidance, contact the National Women’s Law Center at 1-866-745-5487 or prevention@nwlc.org. We are interested in hearing from you. Please let us know if you use this toolkit to obtain coverage successfully.

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Your Rights As a Breastfeeding Employee



Knowing your rights as a breastfeeding employee and early communication with your employer are some of the key steps to planning a successful transition back to work. Since 2010, the federal “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law has helped make breastfeeding and working possible for more moms across the country. The law requires employers to provide break time and a private place for hourly paid employees to pump breast milk during the work day.


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Combining Work and Breastfeeding: Successful Strategies and Tools

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Over the past several years, I have helped hundreds of breastfeeding women in the work force and have found three tools that provide the most help to working mothers:

  1. Creating a breastfeeding calendar
  2. Hands on pumping
  3. Childcare provider education around breastmilk feeding

Rest the rest of this great, helpful article on preparing a mother on going back to work and pumping

Lactation Matters

Pumping 201- working, exclusively pumping, volume, and weaning

pumping in the women's restroom at the usairways club, phoenix
cafemama / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA
In this article, we’ll look at pumping when you return to work or school and pumping exclusively, either by choice or for a health condition. Hopefully, these tips will help anyone facing these situations to successfully provide breastmilk for their child(ren).  Just like before, if a certain situation applies or doesn’t apply to you, feel free to skip to or past it. 


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WakeMed Andrews Center Lactation Room


Mission possible!

In response to the ongoing request by conference participants, Wake AHEC set on a mission to establish a designated space specifically for breastfeeding mothers needing to pump or express milk while attending programs within the WakeMed Andrews Conference Center.  Although the need has always been met by finding an available office, mothers needed a little more.  A meeting of the minds to locate the opportune space was held between Karen Perry, Practice Administrator, WFP OB/Gyn, Sherika HiSmith George, Associate Director for Nursing Education, Wake AHEC and Jane Davis, Practice Supervisor, WFP OB/Gyn. This resulted in a quaint space on the second floor of the Conference Center offering a piece of comfort for mothers.




Thanks to the support of the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance who facilitated grant funding from the MidSouth Lactation Consultant Association and to WakeMed who donated items. Mothers now have a warmly decorated space conducive to their breastfeeding needs equipped with a comfortable chair and ottoman, hospital grade breast pump (donated by WakeMed Lactation Services), stimulating artwork and soft lighting.