Nursing Mothers’ Rooms
The University of Alabama provides nursing mothers’ rooms to support nursing mothers returning to work, school, or campus. Each room offers a clean, secure, and private space for women who need to express breast milk during their time on campus. All of the rooms are equipped with a table, chair, and lock from the inside. Individuals should bring with them any needed personal supplies. After using any Nursing Mothers’ Room, please complete the information in the sign-in book located in each room.
Special Note for Nursing Mothers: For non-exempt (hourly paid) employees an employer shall provide (A) a reasonable amount of break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and (B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose. However, where employers already provide compensated breaks, an employee who uses that break time to express milk must be compensated in the same way that other employees are compensated for break time. It is recommended that the employee notify the supervisor in advance of returning to work of this request so appropriate arrangements can be made. Questions about this requirement should be directed to your HR Business Partner.
Parent Resource Library at the Child Development Resource Center
Parents are welcome to take lactation and breastfeeding brochures. Parents also have the opportunity to check out books specifically on breastfeeding. While at the Parent Resource Library, you can also enjoy checking out many other excellent books and videos, children’s books and music, parent-child activity kits, and age specific toy totes. Call 348-2232 for more information.
PAL: Parenting Assistance Line (1-866-962-3030)
PAL is a collaborative service of the University of Alabama Child Development Resources and the Alabama Children’s Trust Fund. When callers call the toll-free number, 1-866-962-3030, a parenting resource specialist will answer the phone, listen to you, then offer helpful information and support on may topics including lactation support and breastfeeding. Callers can also request free literature about their specific parenting concerns.
Breastfeeding Information and Resources
Visit this site to learn more about breastfeeding and to get how-to information and support for breastfeeding successfully.
The National Breastfeeding Hotline: 1-800-994-9662
Talk with trained breastfeeding peer counselors who can help answer common breastfeeding questions in English or Spanish.
LaLeche League International
Information, education, support, and encouragement for women who want to breastfeed.
The University is always looking for additional space to utilize for Nursing Mothers’ Rooms in order to offer even more convenience and support to our employees. If you have space in your building that is 4 feet by 6 feet in dimension or larger that you would consider using as a Nursing Mothers’ Room, please contact Carolyn MacVicar, Manager of Wellness & Work-Life, at (205) 348-6153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.