Administrators, faculty, students and staff gathered at Bayramian Hall on March 28 to celebrate the CSUN campus’ first “lactation module.” Cassidy Butow, administrative coordinator for CSUN’s Institute for Community Health and Wellness, greeted attendees at the grand opening, which featured a baby shower theme, complete with sugar cookies, balloons and beanbags. gifts.
President Erika D. Beck cut a ceremonial red ribbon in front of the small, brightly colored pod, designed with inspiration from the local landscape, which serves as a private space for parents on campus to breastfeed or pump breast milk. The module is in the main hall of Bayramian Hall, on the ground floor. As a mother herself, Beck emphasized the capsule’s positive impact for students and families.
“I, too, have heard a lot about our student parents and the need for additional resources to really help them thrive and honor the richness they bring to our college community,” Beck said.
The student campus quality fee funded the purchase of the pod. “We couldn’t have done this without the help of the student body,” said William Watkins, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, who also highlighted the need for more on-campus facilities. that meet the unique needs of student parents. .
The pod is a single bedroom that offers a spacious and private layout. To access the module, parents must download the Mamava app on their phone and make a reservation (https://www.mamava.com/application-mobile). The module is only accessible through the app, but parents can also call or email the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing for assistance or an access code.
The capsule contains a small refrigerator for parents who may need access to a cold room. There are several electrical outlets and a mirror. Users can also adjust ventilation and lighting through the app.
Elizabeth Sussman-Dabach, professor of family and consumer sciences, nutrition and dietetics, attended the event with her 11-week-old son. Sussman-Dabach noted that few other public facilities offer separate lactation spaces for breastfeeding.
“A setup like this is great because it makes things more convenient,” she said. “It’s great for faculty, staff and students! Anyone who needs to use it can do so.
Staff at the Institute for Community Health and Wellness said they hope to provide convenient access to lactation spaces around campus. For more information about the Lactation Module or other lactation spaces, contact the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing at https://www.csun.edu/wellbeing Where [email protected] and at 818-677-7715.