Support for Nursing Parents

Lactation Support Program

The Lactation Support Program encompasses the accommodations available to expecting and new parents, supporting their transition back into the workplace or classes after the birth of their child. Chico State understands the difficulty of leaving your newborn and is committed to easing the transition through accommodations for employee break times and use of campus lactation rooms.

The benefits of breastfeeding are widely recognized and include increased immune function and an effect on insulin levels of newborns. Chico State respects a parent's choice to do what is in the best interest for their child and desires to accommodate those who choose to continue breastfeeding their children after transitioning back into the workplace or classes.

Campus Lactation Spaces

LACTATION SPACES
LOCATIONROOM DETAILSHOURSACCESSNOTES/COMMENTS
Third Floor of the Meriam Library
  • Two private rooms with locking doors
  • Each room features a comfortable chair, table, mirror, outlets, and a soothing sound machine
  • The east side room also features a sink and may be more comfortable for breastfeeding
  • Users are encouraged to slide the sign from “Vacant” to “Occupied” when using the rooms

Drop-in during “All Floors Open” hours

For library hours, please check the following link: http://libcal.csuchico.edu/

  • Walk-Ins Welcome
  • Any CSU, Chico student, faculty, or staff member may check-out a key for two hours at Meriam Library’s Circulation counter on the first floor
  • The key provides access to either room

Child Development Lab (ASCDL)

Aymer J. Hamilton (AJH) 113

  • Private room with locking door has two large chairs and a locker that can be utilized by nursing parents (please bring your own padlock)

Academic Year
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • After hours/weekends by special arrangement
  • Walk-Ins Welcome
    Please contact the ASCDL office in AJH 125 or (530) 898-5865

Human Resources

Kendall Hall 222E

  • Private conference room with locking door, table, chairs, and outlets.
Academic Year
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • By Appointment Preferred
    (530) 898-6771
  • Walk-Ins depending on room availability
Kitchen facility close by

Nutrition & Food Sciences

Holt 350A

  • Private kitchen area with a locking door, chair, small table, outlets, and refrigerator.
Academic Year
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Walk-Ins Welcome
  • Stop by department office in Holt 369 to access room
WELCOMING SPACES

Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)

SSC 170

  • Kitchen space available with a chair, table and refrigerator
  • Door does not lock

Academic Year
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • After hours/weekends by special arrangement
  • By Appointment Only
    (530) 898-5959

Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC)

BMU 004

  • Private conference room with locking door, table, chairs and outlets
  • General use room is available as well, but is not private

Academic Year
Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • After hours/weekends by special arrangement
  • Walk-Ins Welcome
  • By Appointment Preferred
    (530) 898-5724

CSU Guidelines

Signed into effect on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provides that employers are required to accommodate allocated break time and a location for which new or nursing parents may express breast milk. This provision is inclusive to all lactating parents through the first year of the child's life. Information about CSU’s guidelines regarding break time for nursing parents can be found here http://www.calstate.edu/hradm/pdf2011/tl-sa2011-05.pdf

Any questions regarding to CSU interpretation or implementation of PPACA may be directed to Human Resources, Kendall Hall, Room 220 at (530) 898-4949.

Resources and Support

Local Resources

https://www.buttecounty.net/Portals/21/Nursing/Maternal_ChildHealth/MCAH/BreastfeedingResourceList.pdf

WIC Breastfeeding Support

https://www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/Programs/WIC/Breastfeedingsupport.aspx