Campus Life

Spring breastfeeding classes in April/May; lactation rooms being developed

Spring breastfeeding classes still open for enrollment through emPOWER

There are still spaces available for enrollment in the prenatal breastfeeding classes offered in April and May for this semester. WEL 596, Basics of Breastfeeding, covers information needed to prepare for breastfeeding during the early weeks. Topics include: establishing milk supply, positioning and latch, how to tell if baby is getting enough milk, and normal newborn behavior. WEL 597, Working and Breastfeeding, covers information related to combining work/student life and breastfeeding. Topics include: milk expression and storage, bottle feeding a breastfed baby, and planning for return to work or class. To view class dates or register for a class, visit

New lactation rooms being developed

Two new lactation rooms are being developed this semester, both located at Innovation Park. The interest was generated by women working at Innovation Park who also are breastfeeding mothers; they contacted the Breastfeeding Support Program to see how a dedicated space for pumping could be created in their respective buildings. Through the Breastfeeding Support Program and with the cooperation of the Human Resources Strategic Partners, hospital-grade breast pumps, room supplies, and technical assistance will be provided for these lactation rooms. These women realized that having a permanent lactation space available within their buildings reduces the time required for lactation breaks and eliminates the need to set up temporary space on a case-by-case basis. Lactation rooms are simple to equip and can be used for shared purposes.

If you are interested in setting up a lactation station in your building, please contact Stephanie Shuey at 867-0776 or

The Breastfeeding Support Program at Penn State provides lactation support services to University employees, students, and their spouses/domestic partners. For more information about the Breastfeeding Support Program, visit or email

Last Updated April 12, 2017