The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been designated a breastfeeding-friendly campus by Portage County Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health and the Portage County Breastfeeding Coalition.
A certificate of achievement was presented to Chancellor Thomas Gibson by Coalition Chair Lynn Frost on June 7.
Private and comfortable places to meet the lactation needs of employees, students and campus visitors are available in six buildings on the Stevens Point campus with more planned, and one each on the Marshfield and Wausau campuses . Additionally, pop-up lactation tents can be used for outdoor events on campus or when access to campus lactation rooms is not easy. Specific lactation sites and additional resources are available on this Human Resources webpage.
UW-Stevens Point Employee Wellness has been working for two years to earn the designation. Welfare grant funding from the Employee Trust Funds Well Wisconsin program and several campus partners, including facilities departments, human resources, academic affairs officers, and the student government association, have been instrumental .
“I saw an unmet need and an opportunity to support women on campus who need private places so they can continue to breastfeed their children while working or going to school,” Sallie said. M. Scovill, Director of the Employee Wellness Program and Professor in the School of Health and Wellness Sciences. “It aligns perfectly with UW-Stevens Point’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusive support.”
To receive this designation, the university had to demonstrate that the lactation rooms were in close proximity to the majority of employees and students on campus, have them designated on campus maps, provide educational resources in the rooms, and ensure the student support.
Source: UW-Stevens Point