Supporting new moms: Lactation resources available for faculty, staff and students
When Anuja Mudali was pregnant with her second child in 2013, she knew she wanted to breastfeed as long as possible. But Mudali also knew that she would need to return to work soon after her maternity leave ended.
Fortunately, for Mudali and other new mothers, Michigan Medicine provides resources for them to continue along their career journey while caring for their babies.
This week is World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, the perfect time to look at what is available for new moms in the organization.
Private rooms and other resources
With support from the Work Life Resource Center, many buildings and departments across campus have set up lactation rooms — a private room that is not a bathroom — for new mothers to express milk.
There are approximately 30 such spaces available on the medical campus alone, with more offered on the main U-M campus. Visit the university’s lactation resources website for a map of all the lactation rooms on campus.
The site also provides guidance to departments and units who want to set up a lactation room for their staff members.
Barb Mulay, manager of the Work Life Resource Center, has championed these efforts, working with departments to identify spaces and encouraging leaders to make it a priority.
“We are adding new spaces every year,” Mulay said, “because our surveys of women on campus show a tremendous need for spaces for breastfeeding moms.”
One less thing to worry about
Before Mudali left on maternity leave, she found that the building she worked in had a private lactation room available for new moms. She also learned that she could rent an additional pump for her to keep at work — another resource available on the lactation resources website.
That meant one less thing for her to worry about.
“I work in a cubicle as do many of my colleagues,” said Mudali, who now serves as a communication manager for the Office of Patient Experience. “Having a private space to pump was so incredibly helpful throughout my day. It’s gratifying to work in a place that supports me both in my career and as a mom.”
World Breastfeeding Awareness Week
As part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital is launching a social media campaign using the hashtags #whereibreastfed or #whereipumped.
Aimed at promoting breastfeeding, the campaign encourages moms to share their story with those hashtags on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Those who do so will be entered into a contest to win prizes and gifts.
The Center for Breastfeeding Excellence is also hosting a panel discussion and information session this Thursday, Aug. 3, from noon until 1 p.m. in the MCHC Auditorium. All faculty, staff, patients and families are invited to attend and learn more about resources and get support.
“New mothers should know that they aren’t alone on campus,” Mudali said. “There are colleagues, resources and spaces available to provide much-needed support.”
If you’d like more information about breastfeeding and lactation resources available at Michigan Medicine, click here.