Drexel Human Resources Opens a New Nursing Mother’s Room
In response to many requests for more designated space for nursing mothers on campus, Drexel Human Resources has opened the third designated lactation space on the University City Campus, located at 3201 Arch Street, Suite 223.
The new space was inspired by the Nursing Mother’s Room in Nesbitt Hall and is equipped with a table, chair and refrigerator for mothers who would like to store their milk in this private space. Human Resources will be managing the room scheduling through Microsoft Outlook. All requests to reserve the space should go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For nursing mothers returning to work from maternity leave, expressing breast milk during the workday is essential to maintaining the ability to continue nursing their babies. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk. By providing additional space, we hope that after returning to work, more nursing mothers at Drexel are able to exclusively breastfeed their babies for about the first six months of their lives, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Currently, there are two other designated lactation spaces on the University City Campus, as well as spaces on the Center City and Queen Lane campuses. Designated Lactation Room locations and reservation information for all Drexel campuses can be found on the “Resources for New and Expecting Parents” page of the Human Resources Website.
Written by Bianca Marrero
This story was published in the summer 2017 issue of Drexel Quarterly.