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CU Boulder Finalizes Lactation Space Policy | CU Boulder today

Members of CU Boulder’s leadership have given final approval for the new campus Lactation Space Policyincreasing the university’s efforts to improve gender equity and inclusion and support people of all genders who breastfeed or breastfeed young children.

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The University of Colorado Board of Trustees formally decided in January 2022 to support ongoing efforts across UC’s four campuses and system office to increase access to lactation spaces. The Regents also offered their support for the development of lactation policies that go beyond federal, state and local guidelines.

A lactation space policy committee that formed on the CU Boulder campus in September 2021 included representatives from the following groups: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance, the Center for Inclusion and Social Change, Human Resources , Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC), Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE), University Council and Urban Planning, Design and Construction.

“The goal of creating a lactation space policy at CU Boulder is to support the University of Colorado’s mission and ensure the accessibility of lactation spaces in the future,” said Caitlin. O’Donnell, director of ADA compliance with the OIEC.

The policy emphasizes the importance of supporting on-campus lactation for UC affiliates and visitors by providing a clean, safe and friendly environment. In addition to outlining lactation breaks and designated lactation spaces, the policy highlights basic room requirements: privacy, comfortable chair, electrical outlet, and access to running water nearby. Designated lactation spaces will also be lockable.

“I am very grateful for the work of the committee in creating a comprehensive policy designating lactation spaces for use by students, employees and visitors on campus,” said Llen Pomeroy, associate vice chancellor of CU Boulder and Title IX coordinator. “As we recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the creation of this policy represents one of many positive steps we are taking to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus.”

Currently, there are approximately 20 lactation places on campus, which are highlighted on the campus map. Ongoing review of lactation spaces will dictate future placements. The university will monitor the spaces to ensure an appropriate distribution of locations and accommodations for the various ways the campus community uses the facilities. The expansion of lactation space capacity will also be incorporated into new builds and major renovations.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends that infants receive breast milk for at least the first six months of life, and state law requires the university to provide employees with time off. reasonable break to express breast milk to a child up to two years after the child is born.

The council resolution notes that dedicated lactation spaces and policies promote the health of parents and infants. The lactation policy should also reduce absenteeism, reduce turnover and increase the productivity of new parents.

“We want the community to know that CU Boulder supports new parents and provides a dedicated lactation space for all CU affiliates and visitors to allow them to balance their time on campus with their needs as parents of young people. kids,” O’Donnell said.

Title image at top of page: A screenshot of the campus map highlighting the lactation spaces on campus.