Lactation Support Program aids nursing mothers, upholds mission of World Breastfeeding Week
August 3, 2015
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated Aug. 1-7, and this year's theme is "Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make It Work!" With more than 40 lactation spaces on Purdue's West Lafayette campus, the Lactation Support Program supports breastfeeding mothers at work.
“A supportive work environment for a breastfeeding mother not only helps the mother pump and maintain her milk supply, but also increases the mother’s self-confidence and courage to continue breastfeeding as long as she and her baby desire,” says Azza Ahmed, associate professor of nursing.
The program includes resources to help mothers be successful in their transition back to work after having a child such as locations of all campus lactation spaces and a mother’s information packet. Additional resources available include how to obtain breast pump and supplies or lactation consulting through University medical plans, and local and national resources for additional support.
Information on the Lactation Support Program, along with local celebrations for World Breastfeeding Week, is available on the Human Resources Family Friendly website and the Family Friendly Purdue Facebook page.