Lactation Support Program provides resources for mothers
June 4, 2015
Human Resources has recently reviewed and updated the Lactation Support Program, and more than 40 campus spaces have been identified for breastfeeding mothers to use.
Since 2008, Purdue University has been proud to join hundreds of employers across America in providing lactation support for employees. Research shows lactation support helps to lower health care costs, turnover rates and absenteeism, while increasing employee productivity and morale.
The program's website, www.purdue.edu/familyfriendly, includes resources to help mothers be successful in their transition back to work after having a child, including information on mothers using University medical plans receiving free breast pumps, supplies and lactation consultant services; the location and use of campus lactation spaces; and a mother's information packet. The program also provides resources for both supervisors and lactation space contacts.
Federal law requires that employers provide reasonable time and suitable space for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child. In most situations, an employee can express her milk during her normal meal and break times. However, additional time may be needed, and supervisors are encouraged to grant reasonable flex scheduling to accommodate the need.
Human Resources is pleased to serve as a liaison between the supervisor and the employee to assist in identifying appropriate locations, scheduling and resources. The liaison can be contacted at 49-60312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.