For many first time moms, lactation (aka breastfeeding, nursing, or breast pumping) can be a bit overwhelming! Between soreness, fussy baby, and feeling totally exhausted, you might wonder if it’s all worth it.
Not every mom can breastfeed, but if you do have the ability and opportunity, breastfeeding can greatly benefit your child (and save you money!).
With a little help and some patience, you can figure this out! Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for tips, or to contact a lactation specialist for assistance.
Lactation Rooms on Campus
Ask your school’s Health Center and/or Office of Human Resources if there are designated lactation rooms (or Mother’s Rooms) located on campus. Ask for locations, availability, and how to gain access to these rooms. You may need to double check on what equipment is available in the room. Some lactation rooms will have breast pumps available for use, while others may require that you bring your equipment.
Your Local Pregnancy Resource Center (or Medical Clinic)
Many pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) offer educational classes for new moms. Ask your local center if they offer a breastfeeding or lactation support class. You can find your local center at www.OptionLine.org.
La Leche League International
Find a group near you: http://www.llli.org/webus.html
Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
United States Lactation Consultant Association
Find a Lactation Consultant: https://uslca.org/resources/find-a-lactation-consultant-map#!directory/map
This directory lists USLCA members that offer private Lactation Consultant services to clients. Services offered may include: home visits, consultations in private office or breastfeeding clinic, rental of electric pumps and/or the sale of various products. The use of private Lactation Consultant Services from this website is at the discretion of each individual. The USLCA does not take any responsibility for contracts between individuals from this list.
Tips and Advice
- Benefits of Breastfeeding (WebMD)
- How to Breastfeed: A Step-by-Step Guide with Photos (FitPregnancy)
- Breastfeeding Tips (La Leche League)
Breast Pumping Resources and Supplies
With classes and work, you may need to get in the habit of pumping your milk and storing it (for baby to drink later). Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will cover breastfeeding support and resources. You should contact your health insurance provider and ask what your coverage includes (e.g. free breast pump, lactation consultant, discounted lactation specialist services). Some hospitals will also provide a free breast pump after your delivery. Ask your doctor what is available through their office or the hospital (that you intend to deliver at).
Target Breast Pump Program
The Affordable Care Act now requires health plans to cover breastfeeding support & supplies. We’ve created the Target breast pump program with McKesson Patient Care Solutions, Inc. to make it easy to get a qualifying breast pump through your insurance. your health insurance may cover the cost of your breast pump
call 1-855-406-7867 to learn more. The Target team will guide you through the rest of the process:
- verify your insurance
- identify which pumps you qualify for
- help get a prescription from your healthcare provider
- bill your insurance company for you
- arrange for Order Pickup or home delivery
- get all your questions answered by emailing
Your Legal Rights
For information about the laws in your state (or the state in which you attend school), please consult these resources:
- Breastfeeding State Laws (National Conference of State Legislatures)
- U.S. Breastfeeding Laws (La Leche League)
Breastfeeding is not always easy! And sometimes, your body and/or your baby might be rejecting the process. If you are struggling, talk to your doctor or contact a lactation specialist (from the recommended resources listed above).
Breastfeeding on campus can get a little awkward! Add a nursing cover to your baby registry, or pick one up yourself. Nursing covers can help provide privacy for you while breastfeeding. Nursing covers can cost anywhere from $10 to $40. So if you want to save a little money, try using an item that you already own– like a large scarf or a baby blanket. With a little creative tying, it can work great!