Can you return to work and breastfeed? Yes! The longer you breastfeed, the healthier it is for you and your baby. Purdue University encourages expectant mothers to talk with their supervisor about their lactation plans a few weeks prior to returning to work. All supervisors and managers have been informed of the lactation spaces available and will work with you to establish space and your schedule. If you need assistance speaking with your supervisor, please contact Human Resources – Worksite Health & Child Care Specialist at 496-0312 or complete the Information Request form.
To receive a mother’s packet, either before going on leave or after returning to work, please contact Human Resources – Worksite Health & Child Care Specialist at 496-0312 or complete the Information Request form.
- Employee Responsibilities and Resources
- 10 More Reasons to Breastfeed!
- Tips for Breastfeeding Moms
- Feeding Your Baby in the First Year
- Employees Guide to Breastfeeding and Working
Purdue University is not required to provide additional paid break time to breastfeeding employees. In most situations, an employee can express her milk during normal meal and break times. However, additional time may be needed and supervisors are encouraged to reasonably flex schedules to allow for these exceptions. For assistance or additional information, supervisors can contact Human Resources – Worksite Health & Child Care Specialist at 496-0312 or complete the Information Request form.
For Lactation Space Contacts and Building Deputies
Purdue University provides lactation spaces around campus for employees who need to express milk during their work hours. Due to building space, some spaces are multiuse and must be scheduled for utilization, but several lactation spaces are designated and permanent. Room contacts should then assist in scheduling the space to be privately utilized. When more than one breastfeeding employee needs to use the space, room contacts and employees should negotiate milk expression times that are most convenient or best meet their needs.