LSU Receives Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Champion Designation
LSU Student Union opens new lactation spaces, bringing university total to nine lactation rooms across campus
BATON ROUGE – LSU has been designated as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Champion by the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition. The university received this designation for providing time, space and support for employees who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies.
According to the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition, the organization recognizes businesses as Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Champions to honor the work that family-friendly businesses are doing to support the health and well-being of women and children in the community.
This designation comes at a time when LSU Auxiliary Services recently opened newly dedicated lactation spaces in the LSU Student Union, bringing the university’s total to nine lactation rooms located across campus as part of the Tiny Tigers program.
The Tiny Tigers program is LSU’s official pregnancy and parenting program. The program offers information about how to navigate work and school as a parent of the LSU community. Within the program, parents can find links to Human Resource Management and Student Advocacy and Accountability, lactation rooms across campus and FAQs.
The LSU Tiny Tigers initiative provides breastfeeding support for nursing parents across campus through informative resources on navigating work or school as a parent in the LSU community, as well as information on the accessible lactation spaces across campus. For more information, visit https://www.lsu.edu/diversity/womens_center/tinytigers/index.php.
The LSU Student Union officially introduced the university’s newly dedicated lactation space during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Jan. 11. Located on the second floor across from the Tiger Lair, this lactation space features three separate and private stations available to LSU students, faculty, staff and visitors to the LSU Student Union.
“This has been a very rewarding process not only because we were able to turn previously undedicated space into a new service for Union visitors but also because when this process started, there was a serious need for publicly available lactation spaces on campus and we are now able to meet that need with three private and comfortable spaces in the heart of campus,” said Margot Carroll, assistant vice president of LSU Auxiliary Services.
To qualify as Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Champion, workplaces must offer:
- Reasonable break time for working mothers to pump breast milk each time they need to throughout the day;
- One or more permanent breastfeeding rooms, or a clean, private, and safe space with an outlet, other than a toilet stall, that can be used for lactation when needed;
- A working sink near the breastfeeding location where pumping equipment can be cleaned;
- And the lactation support is communicated to all employees.
For more information, on the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition visit http://www.louisianabreastfeeding.org.
Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations
LSU Auxiliary Services
LSU Auxiliary Services