August is National Breastfeeding Month!
The fact is, breast milk gives newborns a healthy start in life. NAU supports breastfeeding parents by providing dedicated lactation rooms across the mountain campus.
NAU’s Equity and Access Office (EAO) manages the university’s lactation rooms. The rooms are private, comfortable spaces equipped with a refrigerator, sink, furniture and storage. Located in 14 different areas on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus, the rooms have restricted, keyed access to ensure privacy for the breastfeeding parent. The rooms are available to faculty, staff and students in the NAU community, including visitors. Management of access to these rooms by the EAO ensures availability and privacy of the rooms.
The EAO also works with members of the NAU community who are not in Flagstaff to provide lactation rooms at the university’s locations throughout the state of Arizona.
NAU’s EAO, Commission for Native Americans and Commission on the Status of Women collaborates with Native Americans for Community Action (NACA) to support breastfeeding, which empowers a healthy lifestyle. As noted by NACA, breastfed babies are less likely to have ear infections, diarrhea, colds and flu.
This collaboration will soon be seen on campus with the NACA/NAU poster.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages parents to exclusively breastfeed for six months before introducing solid foods and continue to breastfeed for 12 months for as long as desired. NAU is proud to support breastfeeding parents with dedicated lactation rooms.
If you have questions about, or need access to, a lactation room, please contact the EAO at 928-523-3312. Information about the university’s lactation rooms are on the EAO Lactation Rooms website.