UVM is proud to support breastfeeding in the workplace.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial activities for mom and baby. It is a choice many mothers are making today, as it results in significant health benefits for both child and mother, as well as emotional benefits, economic benefits, and environmental benefits.
The Act Relating to Nursing Mothers in the Workplace
UVM's Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Policy (pdf)
As a preventative measure, breastfeeding promotes improved health outcomes and is cost-effective. By continuing to breastfeed after you return to work, you will:
Facilites for nursing mothers are being identified across campus. Each of the locations provides private space where nursing mothers are welcome to pump or nurse. Rooms are equipped with appropriate signage, a comfortable chair, a small table and an electrical outlet. See the list of lactation rooms along with directions and building maps. More rooms are being identified and will be added to the list as they become available.
A private space within a nursing mother's building may also be used, if such a space exists. According to State law, the room shall not be a bathroom stall or a storage area and must have a lock on the door. Employees are encouraged to work with their supervisor to identify appropriate space within their building. (Supervisors who wish to add designated space to the official list should e-mail HRSinfo@uvm.edu.)
For more information on recent changes to the law in Vermont and for clarification on UVM workplace guidelines—including responsibilities for employees and supervisors, click here.
For a variety of helpful links and resources, click here.
For more information, e-mail HRSinfo@uvm.edu, or call 656-3150.