UM Supports Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial activities for mom and baby. It is a choice many mothers are making today, as it results in significant health benefits for both child and mother, as well as emotional benefits, economic benefits, and environmental benefits.

The University of Miami has adopted a policy for nursing mothers. It is vital to provide new mothers with private, safe, and accessible locations where they are able to express milk for nursing infants.

The new Break Time for Nursing Mothers Policy provide guidelines for offering a workplace that supports a working mother's decision to breastfeed and prohibits discrimination and harassment of those who exercise this right. Nursing mothers wishing to continue nursing after returning to work must submit a written request to their supervisor using the Nursing Mothers Accommodation Request Form.

Why Work and Pump?

As a preventative measure, breastfeeding promotes improved health outcomes and is cost-effective. By continuing to breastfeed after you return to work, you will:

  • Provide the best nutrition for your baby
  • Make it possible to keep breastfeeding when you are together
  • Save money
  • Avoid the health risks associated with formula feeding
  • Miss less work, because breastfed babies are sick less

Nursing Mother Facilities at UM

In order to better support our students, staff, and faculty who are new mothers and wish to breastfeed their babies, the University of Miami provides multiple Nursing Mothers Rooms across the University's Coral Gables, Miller School of Medicine, and Rosenstiel Marine campuses. Each of the rooms provides private space where nursing mothers are welcome to pump or nurse. Use of the Nursing Mothers Rooms are optional for nursing mothers. A private space within a nursing mother's building may also be used, if such space exists. Employees are encouraged to work with their supervisors to identify appropriate space within their building.