Lactation Room for Nursing Mothers Opens at GC

March 13, 2012

Through the support of President William P. Kelly and the efforts of the Office of Student Affairs and students in the Doctoral Program in Public Health, a dedicated space has been established at the Graduate Center for mothers to express breast milk for a nursing child. Room 7408, also called the Mothers' Room, is available to all nursing women students and employees who present a current Graduate Center ID and complete a key request form in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 7301.

New York law has for several years required employers to allow breastfeeding mothers reasonable, unpaid break times to express milk and to make a reasonable attempt to provide a private location in which to do so. The Graduate Center has for several years designated spaces for this purpose, and continues to offer these spaces. These include the eighth floor pantry (near the Dining Commons) and, until 5 p.m., the Child Care Center and the Wellness Center. Also, under New York law, a mother is permitted to breastfeed her child in any public or private location. More information about laws pertaining to breastfeeding and also about research findings on the positive health benefits of breastfeeding for children and mothers is available at the website of the National Conference of State Legislators.