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Breastfeeding/Pumping Support Group

Breastfeeding/Pumping Support Group 
First Tuesday of each month, 11:30 to 12:30,
at the Equity and Diversity Center

An informal support group for students, faculty, or staff members who are expectant mothers, breastfeeding/pumping mothers, or partners of nursing/expectant mothers is held the first Tuesday of each month at 11:30 at Equity and Diversity Center.  The group's aim is to provide support for female students, faculty and staff members who are breastfeeding/pumping, create a network of support for new or expectant parents on campus and to advocate for a family friendly workplace.  Bring your lunch!  Questions may be directed to Laura Oster-Aaland at 231-7750, Kara Gravley-Stack at 231-7091, or Betsy Birmingham at 231-6587.

Lactation Rooms

Currently, NDSU has the following lactation rooms, fitting the criteria included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA - see below), available:

- Memorial Union -

- Hultz Hall -

  • Room 210
  • Room 241 - It is a converted single bathroom and there is a chair, sink, outlet, small ledge and the door locks from the inside.   

- Minard Hall -  

  • Room 299L
                                                                                                                                                    

- Wellness Center's Childcare Center - available to NDSU students, faculty and staff by appointment with priority to mothers with children in the Childcare Center. Call the front desk at 231.5203 to make an appointment. The lactation room is in a curtained-off space in the staff lounge.

Other options for lactation spaces are also available. These spaces offer privacy, access to electrical outlets, and comfortable seating, but might be located in single-occupancy restroom facilities:


Barry Hall - restroom located on the first floor behind the Bookstore
Equity and Diversity Center - individual office space and first-floor restroom

If you need assistance identifying an appropriate lactation space or have other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kara Gravley-Stack – Kara.Gravley-Stack@ndsu.edu 

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as the healthcare reform act, employers are required to provide reasonable break time for nursing mothers.  The act stipulates the following:
An employer shall provide:
a)      A reasonable 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 the need to express milk
b)      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 the employee to express breast milk.
c)   An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph one for any work time spent for such purpose.

Breastfeeding/Pumping Support Group
first Tuesdays, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Equity and Diversity Center
(See article this page for more info.)


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Last Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:17:18 PM