Rhode Island legislation protects a woman's choice to breastfeed by requiring an employer to make "a reasonable effort to provide a private, secure, and sanitary room or other location in close proximity to the work area, other than a toilet stall, where an employee can express her milk or breastfeed her child" (R.I. General Laws §23-13.2-1).
Thanks to the support of the Elsevier Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the URI Administration, the Work-Life Committee launched a lactation program during the winter of 2008. This program won the 2009 Gold Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award from the Rhode Island Department of Health (see press release).
|The University of Rhode Island recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for both the mothers and their infants, and in promoting a family-friendly work and study environment. Therefore, in accordance with Rhode Island state law, the University of Rhode Island acknowledges that a woman may breastfeed her child in any place open to the public on campus, and shall provide sanitary and private space, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the work or study area for employees or students who are nursing to schedule reasonable and flexible break time each day for this activity.|
This policy is applicable to all female University faculty, staff, and students. All University supervisors are responsible for being aware of the policy and working with female employees to arrange mutually convenient lactation break times. The Division of Student Affairs will be responsible for making this policy known to female students.
Please click HERE to find URI procedural information for employees who wish to make a request for lactation break arrangements, and to supervisors for responding appropriately to these requests.
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PUMP KITS. For those wishing to use the hospital grade Medela breast pumps in the University Library or the Providence campus, pump kits are available at the Women's Center, 874-2097.
Mackal Field House
University Library (pump provided)
|Narragansett Bay Campus||
Room 017, Ocean Science and Exploration Center
|Feinstein Providence Campus||
Room 218, Faculty Restroom Lounge (pump provided)
|Alton Jones Campus||tbd|
Healthy Babies, Happy Moms, Inc., East Greenwich - resources, products, consultation
Rhode Island Department of Health
South County Hospital "Bright Beginnings" Maternity Services, Wakefield
Women & Infants Hospital, Breastfeeding Support Services, Providence
Alliance for Breastfeeding Education - La Leche League
The National Business Group on Health, part of the Center for Prevention and Health Services, has published an excellent guide for developing a lactation program, called Investing in Workplace Breastfeeding Programs and Policies. We recommend following their general guidelines.
Additionally, the URI Work-Life Committee has developed a set of Program Considerations for colleges and university settings.