July 24 , 2006
New lactation rooms, InfoStops mark World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1–7, and Emory is continuing its support of nursing mothers by identifying five additional spaces—in the School of Law, Goizueta Business School, Campus Services, the new pediatrics building and on the Briarcliff campus—that will be used as lactation rooms, bringing the total number to 11.
“From one to 11 rooms in just a little over a year shows the tremendous support placed behind this effort,” said Ali Crown, director of Emory’s Center for Women.
The Emory lactation support initiative, inaugurated in fall 2004, continues to be a partnership among the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Center for Women, the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), Human Resources and Executive Vice President Mike Mandl.
The new spaces, and plans for other dedicated and/or convertible lactation areas on Emory’s campuses, further solidify the University’s policy of recognizing the need to provide new mothers with private, safe and accessible locations, said Lisa Newbern, PCSW secretary and a leader of the lactation support initiative. “These efforts also underscore the value of educating the broader community about the needs of nursing mothers and their infants,” she said.
To recognize World Breastfeeding Week and to educate employees about the resources available on campus, the FSAP is sponsoring InfoStops on lactation in August. Look for these InfoStops with breastfeeding-related information as well as other health and wellness materials throughout Emory’s campuses.
For more information, go to www.pcsw.emory.edu/programs.htm.