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Five Mother-Friendly Rooms Unveiled

The university opens rooms designed for nursing mothers as part of statewide initiative.

Written by James Hodgins

The purpose of the program is to provide a safe, quiet and private place for nursing mothers to express milk.

The purpose of the program is to provide a safe, quiet and private place for nursing mothers to express milk.

Texas Tech held a ribbon cutting Thursday, Dec. 1 to announce the completion of five on-campus nursing rooms and its designation as a mother-friendly workplace.

The program began in June when the Texas Department of State Health Services awarded Texas Tech a grant of $70,000 to implement the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite policy initiative. Texas Tech is one of a select group of businesses in Texas serving as a pilot worksite during the grant period to test strategies, tools and messaging regarding worksite lactation support.

The purpose of the program is to provide a safe, quiet and private place for nursing mothers to express milk. The program also aims to educate the entire Texas Tech community on the benefits of breastfeeding and the needs and resources available for nursing mothers while on campus.

Texas Tech renovated five rooms across campus for convenience and furnished each with a hospital grade breast pump, comfortable chair, access to hot water and other items to facilitate the expression of milk by nursing mothers. Specific locations can be found on the attached map. Resources and support for nursing mothers were also added to the Texas Tech Human Resources website.

The Mother-Friendly Workplace program will serve nursing mothers among approximately 2,179 Texas Tech female employees and approximately 14,223 Texas Tech female graduate and undergraduate students.

A 2009 survey of this population found that 78 percent of respondents had breastfed a child while working at or attending Texas Tech. Before the completion of these rooms, women were nursing in offices, bathroom stalls, closets or their cars. Many chose to stop nursing because it was too difficult to find adequate facilities on campus. Texas Tech’s mother-friendly workplace designation now provides nursing mothers access to sanitary and private facilities and campus-wide support.

Click here for a map of the five mother-friendly rooms on campus.


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3 Responses to “Five Mother-Friendly Rooms Unveiled”

  1. Rebecca S. James Says:

    That is absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for acknowledging the importance of breast feeding and the need for a convenient and private place to do so and/or to express milk. Here’s to healthy babies and healthy and well-educated mommies!

  2. Ramona Harwell Says:

    Bravo! This is such a great idea and will be welcomed by many. As a mother who had to express milk every day in a bathroom stall with a manual pump, this type of room would have been a great blessing. I hope the word spreads quickly so all the breastfeeding moms on campus will be able to take advantage of this wonderful resource.

  3. Anthony Says:

    Aw… that’s really nice of you guys to do.

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